Portlethen rebuild Investors in People Awards are sometimes seen as merely soft' marketing assets, giving companies opportunities to promote themselves as warm, cuddly employers and suppliers. But for Grampian Country Food Group the accolade for its McIntosh Donald red meat processing operation has a harder, commercial message. "We wouldn't be putting the heavy investment into employee training if we weren't in this business for the long haul," says corporate marketing manager Alasdair Cox. The award in mid May came at a time of almost unprecedented pressure on McIntosh Donald. The company's Portlethen plant near Aberdeen had been shut by a fire, prompting speculation it would become a casualty of the capacity shakeout expected to be triggered by FMD. But Portlethen was brought back on stream, and the management is now trying to rebuild throughput to its potential weekly kill of about 1,500 cattle and 2,500 lambs. As for the investment in people, a large majority of the 340 head workforce now has SVQs. {{Z SUPPLEMENTS }}