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Her Royal Highness The Princess Royal officially opens upgraded Dunbia Highland Meats facility

Her Royal Highness The Princess Royal yesterday (31 March 2022) officially opened Dunbia Highland Meats’ upgraded abattoir and cutting facility in Saltcoats.

The visit provided the rare opportunity for The Princess Royal to see first-hand the high standards, dedication, and skills behind the production of world-renowned Scotch Beef PGI. With an overview of the entire production process and supply chain from farm to plate, it also gave the visitors an insight into the whole chain assurance which underpins the Scotch Beef PGI brand.

Dunbia Highland Meats, which produces premium Scotch Beef PGI for a range of leading local, national and international retail outlets and foodservice businesses, exhibited key aspects of the operation from their new state-of-the-art site, from selection from farms, through to the finished products which make their way to the end consumer.

Alongside the royal entourage, representatives from Quality Meat Scotland (QMS), the Scottish Government, retail customers, and farmers that supply Dunbia Highland Meats were among those attending today’s event.

Kate Rowell, Chair of QMS commented: “The visit not only provided the opportunity for us to showcase more about the production of top-quality Scotch Beef PGI, but allowed stakeholders from all stages of the supply chain to come together and celebrate innovation and progress within the red meat industry.”

The expanded and updated plant will improve efficiency and capacity for new products, aligning with evolving consumer and retailer demands. Niall Browne, Chief Executive of Dunbia (UK) celebrates the upgrade and royal visit saying:

“It was an absolute pleasure to have The Princess Royal open our new facility here today. We are immensely proud of the enhanced plant which allows us to process the highest-quality Scotch Beef products for Scottish, British, and overseas consumption.

“We continue to uphold the strictest standards at Dunbia Highland Meats and are committed to supporting a thriving and sustainable Scottish red meat sector.”

To find out more about Scotch Beef PGI, Scotch Lamb PGI and Specially Selected Pork, head to: https://www.qmscotland.co.uk/