The sales of Scottish meat have seen a significant increase since the start of the horsemeat crisis in Europe, according to Holyrood MPs. With beef having a renowned global reputation already, its quality is fuelling the rise in purchases.
In giving a statement to Parliament, the Environment Secretary Richard Lochead said:
“Some butchers are reporting sales up by more than a fifth since this crisis started and meat processing companies in Scotland are also reporting increased orders for Scotch beef.”
Mr Lochead went on say that there was no evidence of the scandal in the country, with work continuing to ensure this remains the case.
There is little positive news throughout the catering, food retail and food production industries over the crisis, but local butchers could certainly benefit.
Saying that the scandal had caused a lot of consumer trust to be lost, Mr Lochead stated:
“It may be a watershed moment in how people think about food, and that could end up being a good thing.”
The ‘good thing’ that the Minister alludes to could come in many forms too; from the survival of a business to the growth of it. With the right approach and flexible commercial finance, Scotland could well come out of the episode with its nose in front of many other meat market areas.
With test and investigations continuing into how horsemeat entered the market, Nestle is the latest firm to withdraw its products from shelves.
Following tests confirming traces of horse DNA in its beef pasta ready meals, the Swiss-based food producer removed items from stores in Italy and Spain.