Innovate Marks Quarter Century Anniversary with Secretary of State Visit

The Rt Hon Alistair Carmichael MP, Secretary of State for Scotland visited Kirkcaldy-based food producer Innovate Foods on Monday 10TH February 2014 to tour the facility and meet staff.

Mr Carmichael was accompanied by George Eustice MP, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for farming, food and marine environment. They both were said to be eager to visit a company that has become one of the UK’s leading food producers in its marketplace.

The third generation family firm, which currently produces in excess of 12 million portions annually for the UK foodservice sector and exports throughout the world, is celebrating a landmark 25th anniversary this year.

The company, which can trace its roots back to the 1930’s, is a first choice supplier of coated starters and appetizers to many of the leading foodservice operators throughout the UK. Over the last twelve months it has expanded its presence in both international markets and into the retail sector.

“We were delighted to welcome Mr Carmichael and Mr Eustice to our factory. They were both impressed to learn more about our company. We started life as humble mushroom growers however we realised early on that we had to be innovators if we were going to be here for the long term”, said Innovate Foods managing director Tony Dumbreck.

Innovate Foods’ philosophy of using top quality ingredients is underpinned by over 70 years of experience in mushroom growing. The company employs around 30 staff and produces an award-winning range of delicious starters and appetizers from its state-of-the-art production facilities in Kirkcaldy.

“Over the last 25 years we have consistently invested in new plant and equipment. This combined with a hardworking and loyal team has helped us to become a stronger business having emerged from what can only be described as the worst recession in modern times. We have a robust strategic plan in place that will see us grow for the next 25 years” added Tony.

The Secretary of State for Scotland Alistair Carmichael said: “As they enter a year of celebrations to mark their 25th anniversary I was pleased to visit Innovate Foods today. From its base in Kirkcaldy they have grown to become one of the UK’s leading food producers. This reflects the great qualities that Fife offers as a place to do business. My visit today together with their plans to expand even further showed me that Innovate Foods has a promising future ahead.”

He added: “Helping businesses grow and create jobs is central to the UK Government’s long term economic plan. Last year we helped to create 30,000 new businesses in Scotland and from this April we are introducing our employment allowance which will provide Scottish businesses across the country with a boost of £100m.”

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