By FWi staff

FIRST steps towards ensuring that more Scottish beef, lamb and pork is processed in Scotland were revealed this week.

Quality Meat Scotland announced that it had secured initial funding of 50,000 from Scottish Enterprise to identify Scottish food companies capable of developing products using local meat.

Adding value is a priority for QMS, and managing director Alasdair Muir, says this new project presents a massive opportunity.

“We are extremely good at presenting cuts of quality lamb, beef and pork for use by the retail sector.

“But over 30% of red meat is now sold in processed form, and this will rise to 36% by 2010,” he says.

“This project should help to ensure that Scotland places itself in a stronger position to capitalise on the growth of meat-based meals.”

The money will be used to produce a database of Scottish companies that have the capability to produce more meat-based products.

It will also be used to identify product and market trends and collate international research on new product development.