Birth of the Saltire Organic Meat Company

Denise Walton, of Peelham Farm and Sascha Grierson from Hugh Grierson organic who have announced the formation of a new and innovative collaboration between their two organic farming and butchery businesses at a Food for Life Scotland Network

Denise Walton, of Peelham Farm and Sascha Grierson from Hugh Grierson organic who have announced the formation of a new and innovative collaboration between their two organic farming and butchery businesses at a Food for Life Scotland Network

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A Foulden based organic farm has become one half of a new business - the Saltire Organic Meat Company.

Peelham Farm Produce, from Foulden, and Perth-based Hugh Grierson Organic officially joined forces last week, the two organic farming and butchery businesses recognising the value of having the volume of produce to be able to bid for larger public and private sector catering contracts.

For over 10 years Peelham farm and Hugh Grierson organic have been independently rearing grass-fed organic beef, building strong brands and selling their farm produce directly through farm shops, restaurants and direct to customers via online sales and farmers markets. Both have achieved nationwide recognition for the outstanding quality and flavour of their produce and for their high standards of animal welfare and are now ready to take their businesses further.

They use native breeds of cattle, sheep and pigs to achieve the twin goals of sustainable land management coupled with great meat eating quality. Both companies have invested in butchery plants on their farms and aim to begin their collaboration with grass fed organic Aberdeen Angus beef.

They will continue to supply existing customers with their own branded produce.

In a joint statement, Sascha Grierson and Denise Walton from Foulden said: “This is a unique opportunity for small scale farmer/food producers like ourselves to work together to bring the best in Scottish organic food to a wider audience.”

Denise and Sascha first came into contact with each other at an event to launch the Food for Life Scotland Programme last year. The programme aims to transform food culture across the country, encouraging people to eat food that is good for them, their communities and the planet.

To achieve this goal Food for Life involves: caterers in the public and private sectors improving the food served in schools, universities, workplaces and healthcare institutions by increasing the number of meals certified by the Food for Life Catering Mark; producers, suppliers and caterers creating new markets and shorter, sustainable supply chains; consumers and communities increasing their awareness and understanding of fresh, healthy, local, seasonal and organic food; and policy makers, being encouraged to change policies at local and national level.

Denise and Sascha both agree that “Food for Life is a significant step forward for school children, patients in hospitals, and those in the workplace canteen. Everyone in our society should have access to healthy, tasty meals using food whose provenance they can trust.”

Angela Mitchell, Food for Life Scotland programme manager said: “It’s great to see two forward thinking organic farms working together in such a unique way and it’s exciting to see the Food for Life Programme making a difference - not only to those who eat Catering Mark awarded meals each day, but also to the business prospects of Scottish Farmers and producers like Grierson organic and Peelham Farm. I wish Sascha and Denise well in their new business venture.”