Industry mourns Scotbeef chairman

Industry mourns Scotbeef chairman

Scotbeef chairman Ian Galloway has died, aged 75.

For five decades, Galloway headed up Scotbeef, which is now Scotland’s largest meat processing business with plants in Bridge of Allan, Queenslie, East Kilbride, Annan and Inverurie.

The family firm supplies Scotch beef and lamb to the UK’s biggest supermarkets. The company is said to be Scotland’s largest red meat exporter.

Galloway was presented with a Queen’s Award for Excellence in 2011 after dedicating his factory in Strathaven to supplying beef and lamb for Europe following the BSE scare.

In 2001 he was awarded a CBE for services to the Scottish Meat Industry and, more recently, he was awarded an honorary doctorate from Glasgow Vet School and an Honorary Fellowship from Scotland’s Rural College.

Galloway is survived by his wife Avril, son Robbie, daughter, Suzie, son in-law James, daughter in-laws Nicki and Alison and ten grandchildren. His son James passed away in 2002.

Paying tribute to Galloway, Scottish Association of Meat Wholesalers (SAMW) president, Alan McNaughton, said: “We are saddened by the loss of Ian Galloway and wish to express our sympathy to his friends and family. Ian was a towering figure in the industry, running a fiercely independent family business in the face of competition from many large, international groups.

“He was always an innovator, pioneering product traceability long before it became fashionable, while also being one of the first to develop strong and direct processor/retailer links. He was also a strong and valued leader in the Scottish industry’s determination to fight back to the top of the meat sector from the challenge of BSE and Foot and Mouth. He has left a great business and personal legacy and will be sorely missed by us all.”

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