A farm has been given a share of a Scottish Government fund and plans on becoming the first Scottish producer of buffalo mozzarella, writes James McCormick.
The Buffalo Farm in Kirkcaldy has been awarded over £500,000 through The Food Processing, Marketing and Co-operation (FPMC) grant scheme awards, as part of the support of the Scottish food and drink industry.
It plans to be the nation’s first producer of buffalo mozzarella and grant funding allows the farm to finalise its plans for the new project.
The facility itself will be at a renovated dairy farm, complete with processing plants, sheds and a milking parlour dedicated to the dairy buffalo.
Steve Mitchell of The Buffalo Farm has said: "We have carried out extensive research, travelling thousands of miles around Europe to understand exactly what is involved in the farming and processing of of a herd of dairy buffalo."
The team from the farm has linked up with Maurizio Brugnoli, who shall work as the Product Development Director.
The Buffalo Farm team believes that Mr Brugnoli will bring the contacts and experience needed for the distribution of Italian products in Scotland after working with multiple prestigious restaurants in the UK, as well as in Italy.
"Maurizio shares our passion and drive for the project having had his own long-term ambition to produce mozzarella in Scotland, making him a fantastic fit with our plans", said Steve.
Another reason for the introduction of Mr Brugnoli was to strengthen the team by lowering the burden of said team as a whole, as the completion date for the plans was set for early 2019.
Mr Mitchell said: "We are under a bit of pressure to get things moving quickly."
With completion dates set for early 2019, the farm is one of eleven projects which have received a grant from the FPMC to push Scotland’s food industry’s long-term goal of doubling its value during the next twelve years, bringing its overall value to around £30 billion.