Scotland business

Dairy firm Graham's spreads butter investment

Chill counter in supermarket
Image caption More than half of butter sold is now spreadable

A Stirlingshire dairy has become the first in Scotland to produce spreadable butter.

Graham's has invested £1.2m in its dairy at Bridge of Allan to develop the new product.

The work was supported by £175,000 of grant assistance from the Scottish government.

The company said that expansion of the plant would create 15 new jobs and it hoped to achieve turnover of £100,000 per week.

Last year, Graham's announced record results which included a 28% rise in pre-tax profits.

Fergus Wood, the provost of Stirling, who carried out the official opening of the new plant, said: "This family business has made a major impact on the local area."

The decision to order the new butter plant machinery followed a visit to a dairy in Cherbourg by Graham's chairman, Dr Robert Graham.

Dr Graham said: "Around 60% of all butter sold is spreadable so we want to get a share of that."

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