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New tenant confirmed for Grantown smokehouse

Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE) has confirmed a new tenant for its smokehouse facility in Grantown, in a move that could create up to 20 new jobs.

Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE) has confirmed a new tenant for its smokehouse facility in Grantown, in a move that could create up to 20 new jobs.

The Meatsnacks Group, Europe’s largest producer of beef jerky and biltong snacks, is to lease the building as part of the company’s continued expansion.

Meatsnacks was formed after a merger of the Forres based Jerky Group with Cruga in Milton Keynes. The company was one of several firms interested in leasing the Grantown facility after it was vacated by Young’s Seafoods in March.

David Oxley, HIE area manager in Moray, said: ““As anticipated we had a lot of interest in the building from companies in the food processing sector. The smokehouse is an attractive facility and some of the other interested parties may understandably be disappointed not to have secured the lease.

“The facility has been a valuable economic asset for Grantown and an important place for local employment. We are very pleased to see it becoming an active production facility once more, and look forward to continuing to work with Meatsnacks as their business develops.”

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