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Butchers on move ahead of holiday bonanza

Malcolm Allan, whose festive pies and meats will be in special demand this month, is moving into a new headquarters just in time for the holiday period.

The family business, which celebrates its 60th ­anniversary next year, has created 20 new jobs and is forecasting a 50% rise in production after moving out of its outdated premises in Falkirk and opening a new factory in Larbert.

Malcolm Allan specialises in beef, haggis, black pudding, pies and sausages, and aims to significantly increase its sales in Scotland and to target the rest of the UK for the first time in 2014.

The company was founded by Malcolm Allan in 1954 as a traditional family butchers. By 1990 it had grown to 20 retail outlets and this year it was named as the "number one food brand in Scotland" by consumer analysts Kantar Worldpanel.

Run by brothers Gordon and James Allan, the company is committed to producing quality Scottish meat in small batches to ensure a traditional ­butcher-style product.

Sales director Gordon Allan commented: "Moving our production premises was primarily a result of outgrowing the old site. It was particularly important to make the move prior to the festive season so we can utilise the extra capacity to deliver the 100% uplift we see on some lines during the festive period. In Scotland, Hogmanay is as popular as Christmas so we have the two busiest weeks of the year back to back."

He said the move to new premises "marks a key point in the company's history and an ability to introduce the brand to a wider market across the UK".

Bank of Scotland ­relationship director Gordon Robinson commented: "Malcolm Allan produce is a hallmark of Scotland's ­e­­­ver-buoyant food and drink sector and we welcome the company's plans to target UK growth in the coming year."

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