SCOTTISH potato firm Albert Bartlett has won a £4 million grant that will help create 35 jobs in Airdrie and safeguard 50 more.

The largest ever Food Processing, Marketing and Co-operation (FPMC) grant is being given to Albert Bartlett by the Scottish Government.

Contributing to a £17m investment in a building extension and new processing equipment for new product lines, the grant will assist the company to diversify into the growing convenience and chilled potato market.

Rural Economy Secretary Fergus Ewing said: “Scotland’s food and drink is internationally renowned and continues to be a standout sector within our economy. There are around 18,850 food and drink businesses in Scotland, employing approximately 115,400 people.

“This award will help Albert Bartlett diversify their products, move into new markets, create new jobs and safeguard existing posts. Today’s £4 million announcement demonstrates our continued commitment to help food and drink companies, large and small.”