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Reaction to Hall's buyout

"We are very pleased to have secured the future of one of Scotland's best-known brands, and to have brought it safely under private Scottish ownership.

"It is especially fitting that we agreed the deal so close to Burns Night, as Hall's is one of the world's largest suppliers of haggis.

"We intend to invest heavily in the Hall's brand and we will preserve and increase its reputation by offering food that is both good quality and good value. This will also lead to job creation and security."

– Alan Hill, Finance Director, Browns

"We have always known that there was significant value in the brand and I am glad that it will continue with another great Scottish company.

"Browns are a fantastic business and I welcome their investment and new drive to make the most of the Hall's brand."

– John Swinney, Finance Secretary

"Following their acquisition of the Hall's brand, we would like to wish Browns Food Group every success with their plans for the business."

– Spokesman, VION Food Group

Dumfriesshire firm buys Scottish food giant

One of Scotland's best-known food brands, Halls of Broxburn, has been bought by Dumfriesshire food company Browns.

Dutch owners VION announced last year that they were closing the Hall's factory in Broxburn, West Lothian, putting 1,100 permanent staff and 600 agency staff out of work.

Browns, which has headquarters in Kirkconnel will make Hall's products at its own plants.

The firm also plans to keep Hall's van operation which has safeguarded the jobs of 50 drivers.


Meat market expansion for Kirkconnel firm

Dumfriesshire firm Browns Food Group has bought up Scotland's largest pork producer Hall's.

Halls slaughter 75% of Scotland's pigs but had been making losses of up to £79,000 a day.

Browns have bought the company from its Dutch owner VION.

It will see the retention of Hall's production in Scotland, and the van sales operation will continue to operate throughout the country.

Fifty of Hall's employees will be retained in that area.