Production of Fray Bentos pies has begun at Scottish manufacturers Baxters' site in Fochabers, Moray.
The firm originally purchased the tinned-pies company in November 2011 and work has been underway to get production up and running at the plant following a relocation of the line from Long Sutton in Lincolnshire and to the northern part of Scotland.
At the time, the Baxters described the move as being "lifted and shifted" in an attempt to make the transaction as smooth as possible. Work has now started following the completion of the installation where around 67,000 pies are made a week, with officials believing that this figure will increase in the future.
Foodmanufacture.co.uk reports that the deal with Fray Bentos is just one a number of major agreements that Baxters has secured in recent times. The news provider stated that the company is looking to broaden its horizons to an international market and recently purchased Jensen's Choice Foods, an Australian business specialising in organic sauces. It is just a small part of significant expansion into foreign lands to help maintain a worldwide customer base.
Speaking to the news provider, John Campbell, Baxters' global operations director, said: "There is no doubt that the UK market has been very difficult for everyone over the last four to five years. However, we've been doing well and that is because we have a good spread [of products and brands].
"Fray Bentos is a very important part of that. We moved very quickly to get it when it came on the market
Baxters has been keen to expand beyond the confines of the UK in recent years and has been establishing itself in a number of countries in Europe and further afield since the turn of the century. The company set up food-manufacturing operations in Canada in 2004, while it then turned to Australia and Poland in 2007 further enhancing the brand across the globe. It still holds a multitude of sites through the UK as well.