Business is booming for a local business after they struck a £400,000 a year deal to supply Aldi stores north of the border.
Campbells Prime Meat, based in Whitecross, supplies top Scottish chefs such as Nick Nairn and Tom Kitchin with quality meat and seafood products, and was enjoying a bumper year of profits before this recent boost.
In response, Campbells have now invested a total of £90,000 in new equipment to help improve the packaging process, which will make it easier to bring new fresh fish products to the market.
Steven Walker, director at Campbells, said: “With our upcoming plans to supply Aldi with even more fish, it made sense for us to focus our plans on improving our packaging processes, helping to make our business more efficient while improving the look and accessibility of our products.
“As well as our plans to supply cod to Aldi, we are also looking into the possibility of adding coley, hake, ling and pollock to the range making it easy for consumers to enjoy fresh fish from around Scotland.
‘‘Our relationship with Aldi is of great importance and we look forward to working with them and growing our relationship in the future.”
With an annual turnover of £52 million and employing 320 staff in total, 36 people currently work in Campbells’ seafood division, from hand filleting to packaging. Two new jobs have been created by the investment.
Richard Holloway at Aldi added: “We’re committed to building relationships with the best Scottish suppliers in order to provide our customers with quality produce at everyday low prices. Working with suppliers like Campbells helps us to deliver this to our customers day in and day out.’’