MEAT firm Campbell’s Prime Meat, supplier of meat and fish to the catering industry and favoured by top chefs including Michelin-starred Tom Kitchin, saw turnover and overall profit dip last year. This was as a result of the transfer of the part of the business that focuses on the Chinese restaurant market to a separate company, Campbell’s Cash & Carry.

Turnover at the Linlithgow-based producer and supplier in the year to the end of December fell from £56.3 million to £52.6m although it increased on a like-for-like basis. Pre-tax profit was £2.15m, down from £3.1m. Campbell’s said it was well placed to take advantage of “improving economic circumstances”.

Christopher Campbell, managing director and great-grandson of the company’s founder Thomas Campbell, said in his director’s report that the company’s aim was to continue to grow turnover and profitability while maintaining its core values of quality and customer focus. He said: “The company has no bank debt, the food product range is diversified and the range of customers is diversified – the largest customer represents no more than five per cent of turnover.

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“Our factory near Linlithgow is undoubtedly the finest in Scotland for the supply of fresh meat, fresh fish and delicatessen products to foodservice customers,” Mr Campbell said. “This has allowed us to maintain excellent quality and service to our customers while at the same time operating more efficiently.

“We make all our own sausages, burgers and mince, and our customers remain confident in buying from us.”