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Falkirk butcher squares up for fight to cut fat

Launch of Malcolm Allan's new healthy Lorne sausage at Sainsbury's in Denny
Picture: Michael Gillen

Launch of Malcolm Allan's new healthy Lorne sausage at Sainsbury's in Denny Picture: Michael Gillen

 

A family-owned butchers has launched a new leaner variety of a traditional family-favourite to cater for more health conscious diners.

Malcolm Allan last week unveiled its low-fat steak Lorne sausages as part of its expanded healthy eating range.

The new product contains a fat level of less than two per cent - compared to 17 per cent in traditional lorne - and contains 101 calories per 70 gram slice, down from 192 calories.

The Larbert-based wholesale firm, which employs more than 100 staff, said it was developing healthier alternatives in response to the Scottish Government-backed campaign to lower public consumption of saturated fats and salt as well as changing consumer demands.

Public health minister and Falkirk West MSP Michael Matheson helped launch the new product at the Denny branch of Sainsbury’s, the supermarket chain that will be stocking the new sausages.

Director Gordon Allan said: “We have a responsibility to offer alternative, healthier products. We have made a real effort as a firm to try to be innovative.

“We started with a healthier burger three years ago, and this is now our best-selling burger line.

“We already make 62 per cent of all the Lorne sausage sold in Scotland, and have spent some time developing this product so it is a healthier option but still eats like a traditional Lorne sausage.”

Malcolm Allan this year celebrates its 60th anniversary and recently relocated its meat processing operations from Tamfourhill to an expanded site in Larbert’s Central Business Park.

The new plant, which covers 25,000 square feet, was made possible by investment from the firm itself as well as Falkirk Council, which sold the building, and a Scottish Government grant.

 

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