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£1m upgrade planned at meat plant in Dingwall, Ross-shire, after funding secured from Royal Bank of Scotland

By Philip Murray

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Charlie Munro at the Dingwall site.
Charlie Munro at the Dingwall site.

A £1 MILLION revamp of a Ross-shire meat processing plant is planned as a family-run butchers seeks to meet new and changing customer tastes as it approaches its centenary.

John M Munro Ltd, in Dingwall, will celebrate its 100th year in 2022, and it has announced "ambitious plans for growth" after securing £1m in funding from the Royal Bank of Scotland.

It hopes to use the cash to extend its premises, plant and car park, and "completely revamp" the building's internal layout.

Managing director Charlie Munro says the move will help it meet changing customer demands, adding: "As our customer base in Scotland’s central belt continued growing, we decided to completely revamp the layout of the existing building to allow us to streamline loading and order picking.

“There is now a greater customer demand for boneless beef and upgrading our facilities means we will have the sufficient space to provide a larger de-boning service in Dingwall.

”Throughout Covid, we have seen high street butchers begin to win back some of the customers originally lost to the big supermarkets. With people obeying lockdown rules at home, many have discovered a love for cooking and buying the freshest and best ingredients. With Royal Bank of Scotland’s financial support, we can continue to cater for our loyal customers and hopefully attract new ones.”

The business currently operates six shops, an abattoir and a cutting plant.

Lindsay Smith, relationship director at Royal Bank of Scotland in Inverness, said: “It has been a real pleasure to work with this long-established family business who have banked at Royal Bank of Scotland for many years and to support them with the funding needed. We wish Charlie and the team every success for the future and look forward to hearing how the redevelopment progresses.”

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