Three bidders have come forward to say they are interested in the under threat Hall’s of Broxburn of plant.
Vion Food UK announced in July that it is consulting on the future of the factory, putting 1700 jobs at risk. The consultation closes in just over two weeks' time.
Last week the Scottish Government announced it and its partners are willing to buy the West Lothian factory and lease it back the parent company "on a commercial basis".
This proposal was turned down by Vion because it said the offer is below the amount required to resolve "the core legacy problems at the site" and would only serve to delay any potential decision regarding closure.
On Tuesday finance secretary John Swinney said: "The company will continue dialogue with any interested buyers. As I understand it, there has been a further expression of interest in Halls in recent days.
"I have already met with one of the groups of bidders personally in my office and my officials have spoken with two others, making three interested parties at this stage.
"The Government is only too prepared to advance dialogue with those parties to find if there is a way we can maintain employment at the Hall's of Broxburn site."
Work is also being done to support staff at the factory at an uncertain time, Mr Swinney said.
Officials from Skills Development Scotland and Jobcentre Plus are at the site to give presentations to all workers there.
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