The first new flour mill to be built in Scotland in 25 years is now fully up and running at Kirkcaldy harbour.
After receiving £10 million of funding from the Clydesdale Bank the £17 million state-of-the-art Carr’s Flour Mill was able to install the latest machinery, making it one of the most technologically advanced and efficient sites in Europe.
The new mill has been developed in conjunction with Swiss engineering firm Buhler and will deliver a wide range of processing improvements and cost savings, as well as reducing the company’s environmental footprint.
Carr’s Flour Mills is a subsidiary of Carr’s Milling Industries which is listed on the London Stock Exchange with a market value of £140 million.
Neil Austin, finance director for Carr’s Flour Mills, said: “We are delighted with the installation of our new mill which is up and running on time and within budget as we anticipated.
“It will allow us to continue to reliably meet our customers’ expectations, while doing so in a more efficient manner and delivering to the highest food quality standards.
“We have a long-standing relationship with the Clydesdale Bank and are grateful that they have supported us in securing the long term future of this state-of-the-art flour mill. We feel that the significant capital investment we have made in Kirkcaldy will assist our performance in the medium term.”
Stuart McCallum, head of food and drink for the Clydesdale Bank, added: “Carr’s Flour Mills is already regarded as one of the UK’s permier flour producers and this new mill will allow it to further strengthen that reputation.
“We are pleased to have supported the company’s significant investment which has secured the future of a modern manufacturing facility and the jobs it provides in the local communities.”
Carr’s Flour Mills bought over the Hutchison’s Flour Mill, which was owned by Dutch company Mineba from 1997 to 2004.
It currently employs 71 workers from in and around Kirkcaldy, and bosses say the new mill will secure these jobs.
The new mill is located at Kirkcaldy harbour, alongside the existing grain storage and handling facility.
The harbour reopened to cargo vessels and wheat imports in 2011 after a break of 20 years following investment by Carr’s and Forth Ports. Grain had previously been brought into Perth by boat then to Kirkcaldy by lorry.