Scottish Government Minister Richard Lochhead officially opened the new Malcolm Allan meat processing plant in Larbert.
And he congratulated its founder on celebrating his 95th birthday on the visit.
The Rural Affairs Secretary was joined on Tuesday’s VIP list by Falkirk Council Leader Councillor Craig Martin and representatives from the country’s leading supermarket chains, the firm’s biggest customers.
Mr Lochhead said: “Malcolm has worked incredibly hard to create and build a successful company. His commitment is inspiring.
“This is a very special day for him, his family and staff who have been involved in getting the company to where it is today. Malcolm Allan has become a household name and a fantastic success story Falkirk and Scotland can be proud of.”
Malcolm started work as an apprentice butcher at his uncle’s shop in Camelon in 1933 aged just 14 and launched his own business in 1954. It is now run by his sons James and Gordon who are joint managing directors.
Mr Allan admitted: “It was 12-hour days back then but what has been achieved makes me very proud. Apart from the boys, I have people here who have been with us for 30 years and their contribution has been very much appreciated.”
Malcolm Allan was able to move thanks to a £1 million grant from the Scottish Government, the backing of Falkirk Council’s business support team, which helped find its new premises, and Scottish Enterprise.
James Allan said: “We’re grateful to them for helping make this happen.”