Scotbeef is to build a new 120,000 sq ft processing plant in Glasgow, almost trebling its capacity.

Director Adam Muggach said the £16m state-of-the-art development, which includes three massive chillers, would be ready for use by October. "These days you're as good as your staff, equipment and facilities. We've already got two of those, and soon we'll have all three."

The increase in space was overdue, he said, since the existing plants at East Kilbride and Polmadie were already operating at full capacity. Motorway expansion means that the Polmadie site is soon to be demolished, making expansion vital. "The cold stores will enable us to build up stocks and feed them out for retail promotions."

But he said the resumption of large-scale beef exports to Europe and a growing retail trade were also factors. "We think exports will be an important part of this business in the future."