Butcher secures £500,000 order

Asda spending £1.2bn with Scottish producers

Malcolm Allan and Asda bossButcher Malcolm Allan has secured a £500,000 order from Asda which is now spending £1.2 billion a year with Scottish food producers.

Allan made the announcement to coincide with a visit by Asda chief executive Andy Clarke and Rural Affairs secretary Richard Lochhead to its Falkirk meat factory which now employs 150 staff.

Asda has a dedicated team sourcing food and drink north of the border. It was the first of the big retailers to launch a Scottish range of own-label products under the ‘Chosen By You Scotland’ brand. It also runs Scottish marketing events and has a partnership with Scotland Food & Drink to deliver an innovative Supplier Development Academy.

Family-owned butcher Malcolm Allan has been working with Asda for more than 30 years and expect to achieve sales of £12 million to the chain this year.

It started by supplying lorne sausage and black pudding to the Asda distribution canteen in Falkirk and the products were soon on sale in all Asda stores across Scotland.

Asda now stocks more than 50 Malcolm Allan lines in all its Scottish stores.

Gordon Allan, director at Malcolm Allan, said: “It’s great to see a retailer like Asda actively promoting Scottish producers.”

Mr Clarke said: “At Asda we place huge importance on supporting Scottish suppliers to grow their businesses, and Malcolm Allan is a terrific success story for us.

“Where Asda can take a local product and find it a national, or even an international market, then the benefits are multiple: sales increase, customers get better choice and quality, and suppliers get the confidence and scale to make the move from small to medium to large businesses.  Invariably that means more local jobs and more investment with Scotland’s primary producers.”

Mr Lochhead said: “Retailers – large and small – across Scotland play a vital role in supporting the growth of our food and drink industry. Promoting fresh, in-season, local produce is just one of the many things retailers can do to boost the sector and our economy.

“Scotland is not short of quality producers and I am delighted to hear of the increased sales enjoyed by Scottish companies under Asda’s previous supplier academy and the potential to take this much further.

“Asda , the Scottish Government and Scotland Food and Drink will work together to support and further encourage market-driven innovation. I would urge all retailers to follow this lead and work with us to support the sector and Scotland’s ambition to become a Good Food Nation.”

Picture: Richard Lochhead, Andy Clarke and Gordon Allan

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