Tulip is working closely with Scottish pig producers to maintain its customer supply chains following a major fire at its £10 million Brechin abattoir which has halted production at the plant.
The cause of the fire is being investigated by the police.
“A major fire occurred during the weekend at the Quality Pork Ltd (QPL) abattoir in Brechin, Scotland,” said Tulip. “QPL is operated through a close collaboration between Tulip Ltd, Scottish Pig Producers and Scotlean.
“The incident occurred during the early hours of Saturday, August 5. There were no personnel or livestock on site at the time and no casualties have been reported.
“There is extensive fire and smoke damage to the site and authorities continue to carry out investigations into the cause. Once local police have carried out their initial investigations, structural engineers will assess the damage before clean-up operations can begin. The facility will remain closed during this time.
“Tulip is working closely with QPL and Scottish farmers and will utilise its network of pig processing facilities across the UK in order to minimise impact on customer supply chains. Agricultural, Technical and Commercial teams within the business will liaise with key customer contacts in respect of individual supply chains.”
Headline image shows QPL chairman Roderic Bruce and Tulip’s Andrew Saunders, pictured in happier times, during the official opening of the Brechin plant last year.