Browns Food Group, which is based in Kirkconnel, has agreed to buy the Hall’s brand from its current Dutch owners, in a deal that will see 50 positions at the meat firm retained.
Last year, Vion announced it was closing the company’s West Lothian meat factory, resulting in 1,700 job losses. Whilst production at the site will not recommence under the new ownership, the retention of 50 distribution posts working from the site is good news.
There was further good news too, with the Finance Director of Browns saying that heavy investment in the Hall’s brand will see jobs being created in the future. Alan Hill also stated that there were bold expansion plans in the pipeline.
Hill was delighted with the timing of the takeover, saying:
“It is especially fitting that we agreed the deal so close to Burns Night, as Hall’s is one of the world’s largest suppliers of haggis.”
The Hall’s brands of both haggis and sausages will move production to the existing Browns facilities at North Berwick and Prestwick.
The deal has been welcomed by finance secretary John Swinney, whilst it also underlines the opportunities that exist for firms able to access good levels of commercial finance in Scotland.
“We have always known that there was significant value in the brand and I am glad that it will continue with another great Scottish company.”
The closure of the old Hall’s plant in Broxburn is continuing, with Vion expected to complete the process by the beginning of March.