ABP Food Group (ABP) has announced the completion of a £24.5m investment in its beef processing facility in Perth.

The investment includes a 2800 square meter extension, along with significant refurbishment and upgrades to meat production and maturation areas, storage areas and staff facilities. The project is supported by the Scottish Government’s Food Processing, Marketing and Co-operation grant scheme.

The development has created 80 new jobs with an additional 42 jobs supported during the construction phase.

Commenting on the announcement, managing director of ABP’s UK Division, Bob Carnell, said: “We are delighted to welcome minister for agriculture, Jim Fairlie, to officially open our new facilities in Perth. The plant has been transformed into one of the most modern and advanced of its kind in the UK, and it will play a significant role as we develop further opportunities for Scottish red meat products in the retail and food service sectors throughout Scotland, across the UK and in export markets.”

Minister for agriculture, Jim Fairlie said: “I’d like to thank ABP for their commitment not just to Perthshire but to the whole of the Scottish agricultural sector. I am pleased that the Scottish Government could help fund these excellent facilities. They will ensure that Scotland maintains its reputation as the source of some of the finest red meat products in the world.”

ABP has two other sites in Scotland, located at Bridge of Allan and Queenslie near Glasgow, which were acquired from Scotbeef last year. The company now employs 836 people in Scotland and works with 2200 Scottish farmers.

With nearly seventy years’ experience and over forty years in Scotland, ABP is one of Europe’s leading meat processors, with a reputation for quality and innovation, supplying fresh and frozen meat products to retailers, and food service providers in the UK and worldwide.

ABP Food Group employs over 13,000 colleagues across its four divisions: Red Meat, Pet Foods, Renewables and Proteins, with processing facilities in nine countries and a turnover of £4.3bn.