A new Scotch beef burger, created by a team of young cooks at Lochend Community High School in Glasgow, is to be stocked in Aldi stores across Scotland from May.

The retail listing follows a competition launched by Scotbeef in September last year to find the second year pupils’ best burger ideas.

After two heats the number of teams taking part was whittled down from eight to two with the burger from Rebekah Calder, Ryan Kidd and Courtney McNulty chosen by Aldi as the winner. It will now be stocked in 64 stores across Scotland from 26 May whilst stocks last.

Runners up were Neve Campbell, Jordon Lynch, Jordan Judd, Amy Martin and Rheagan Managhan.

Marion MacCormick, Corporate Buying Director at Aldi, said: “Aldi is proud to support local products from throughout Scotland and to have secured a place on our shelves for such young talent is a great testament to the skills of Lochend Community High School’s pupils.

“It’s my pleasure to have been invited to judge this competition and the quality of the burgers was truly exceptional. We look forward to stocking the winning burger and I’m sure our customers will love trying it out whilst also supporting the school.”

The competition was created as a way to help encourage young people into careers within the food production industry.

Scotbeef led the pupils through eight different stages before a winner was decided, including lessons on market research, product ideas, concept development, factory trials and product launch.

A strong relationship has been developed with the school over the last nine years through its work experience programme with 16-18 year olds which highlights the varying areas of the business from Production, Technical, Engineering and Commercial.

The competition is part of its overall initiative to encourage people into the food industry by investing in and developing good people.

Alison Galloway, Head of Development Innovations at Scotbeef, said: “We are delighted to have the opportunity to work in collaboration with Aldi and Lochend Community High School and develop initiatives and projects designed to inspire young people. It is imperative for the future success of our business that we continue to attract, develop and grow our people.”

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