Scottish pupils engage in burger concept for processor
Published:  30 April, 2014

Pupils from Bathgate Academy, West Lothian, have created and marketed a healthy new burger concept for beef processor AK Stoddart.

The pupils have been working on products for four months and have visited the AK Stoddart factory in Ayr to see how the meat is processed. The final products will be tasted and judged by representatives for Quality Meat Scotland (QMS), AK Stoddart and the Scottish Food and Drink Federation.

As part of the QMS School Meat Voucher Scheme, which offers schools up to £100-worth of red meat from a local butcher, the meat required to make the burgers was provided by certified local butchers and retailers. “We are delighted to support this programme,” said QMS chairman Jim McLaren. “This partnership offers a fantastic opportunity to educate pupils about the quality and traceability which underpin the Scotch Beef, Scotch Lamb and Specially Selected Pork brands, as well as inspiring them to think about a future career in the red meat industry,” he added.

The project aims to highlight business and work opportunities within the Scottish food and drink industries for youngsters. Lucy Husband, sales and marketing director, AK Stoddart, said: “The initiative will have given these young people an understanding of the demanding process and skills needed to develop new products and bring them to market. Hopefully this will have inspired young people to engage with, and potentially pursue, a career in the food and drink industry.”