Investment by Moray Firm Bears Fruit

A moray fruit and vegetable supplier is carrying out an £80,000 expansion that will create up to four new full time equivalent jobs and boost international sales.

Elgin based Speyfruit Ltd, one of the largest suppliers of fruit and vegetables in the North East of Scotland, has secured up to £24,110 investment from Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE).

The firm provides a bespoke service to food manufacturers, health boards, local authorities, hotels, restaurants, and retail outlets.

The company formed in 2000 and already provides around 27 full time equivalent posts.

Through investment in facilities and equipment it has diversified over the years to meet changing market needs.

Despite the challenges faced by the sector over the past 15 months, Speyfruit maintained strong turnover for the year to October 2020.

More recently it has been approached by potential export customers, particularly in the Middle East, looking to import quality Scottish produce.

The HIE funding will go towards the costs of upgrading the company’s warehouse and packaging facilities to support new product lines and accommodate this and other expansion opportunities.

Keira Orme, business development account manager with HIE in Moray, said:

“Food and drink is an important sector in Moray and the wider Highlands and Islands region.

“It has been one of the hardest hit sectors over the past year or so, but equally has significant growth potential.

“Speyfruit has diversified steadily over the years into an important player in the region’s economy, notably in providing valuable employment opportunities.

“This latest initiative by the firm will help it service new markets, increase international trade and continue its growth trend.

“We are very pleased to be able to provide support and look forward to seeing the project taking shape.”

Gary Vass, Director at Speyfruit, said:

“We continue to be very focussed on understanding the ever-changing needs of our market.

“The upgrade of facilities is essential in maintaining our place in the market and in allowing us to properly develop new opportunities.

“The ongoing support and guidance of HIE over these challenging times is very appreciated by us and has been key in allowing us to proceed confidently with this project and others.”