THE boss of a Buckie-based mostly conventional meals producer has urged Moray clients to again their native producers after a “strong 18 months”.
David Lawson is managing director of Speyside Specialities, which grew from An space howeverchery enterprise he and his father purchased in Buckie again in 1998.
The enterprise now provides its extreme quality conventional Scottish puddings and skirlie to UK Food markets, collectively with the cabinets of Morrisons, Asda, Sainsbury’s and Tesco.
An Alford farmer’s son, David, who now employs 18 people Inside the metropolis, said Moray produced A pair of of Definitely one of the biggest Food and drinks On the earth.
He said: “The Food and drinks enterprise Is very huge in Moray.
“Food and drink manufacturing accounts for 36 per cent of Moray’s financial system, As in contrast with 4.4 per cent for Scotland as A complete.
“Ten per cent of our workforce works in Food and drinks manufacturing, As in contrast with a Scottish common of 1.7 per cent.
“We now have A pair of of Definitely one of the biggest and most celebrated produce On the earth, with every thing from beef and salmon to whisky. We certainly make good use of the native produce for our black and white pudding.
“It’s Important for the people of Moray to assist their native producers. It’s been A troublesome 18 months for companies Throughout the nation and with out Moray’s proceedd assist, we wouldn’t Be In a place to proceed to develop as a enterprise and produce our black and white puddings.”
David Lawson, managing director of Buckie-based mostly meals agency Speyside Specialities.
The pandemic lockdowns pressured David to streamline operations.
David said: “By way of The primary lockdown, We would have appreciated To actually Take into consideration our operations And the method we might transfer forward as a enterprise.
“We decided To Scale again our strains To permit for required social distancing and Think about black pudding, white pudding and skirlie. By way of this, we have been Succesful of enhance manufacturing and actually streamline our enterprise, and hopefully we’re on to a worthwhile formulation.”
David has On A daily basis had a eager curiosity in agriculture, however his life might have taken A very completely different path as a profession in sport beckoned. He represented The united kingdom Inside The eu junior snowboarding circuit and Scotland at pole vaulting.
Instead he travelled to Kansas City, Missouri, To start out A diploma in agricultural enterprise administration, returning to the College of Aberdeen To finish the course in 1994.
Speyside Specialities’ black pudding.
After Engaged on farms again Inside the US across Texas, Ohio and Nebraska, David returned to Scotland and Speyside Specialities was born.
He took a 4-yr break from the agency from 2005 To hitch Blackpool Zoo as tasks and amenities supervisor earlier than returning to the household enterprise, acutely Aware of his father’s Want to retire.
Since then he has labored on creating Speyside Specialities To Wind up to be The Most very important producer of white pudding and skirlie Inside The united kingdom.
David hopes to increase but further, including: “In the meantime Almost all of our Food market listings are in Scotland and we’re eager to increase our enterprise further south of the border.
“We’ve recently joined the Scotland Food and Drink Academy, which focuses on information-sharing, upskilling and innovating. We’re wanting forward to seeing how We will put this new information to good use.
“Hopefully, we’ll see a few extra black puddings crop up in Food markets across England and Wales.”