Mackays managing director Martin Grant
Scottish marmalade and jam producer Mackays has announced a £3.8 million expansion to its site in Angus, Scotland, seeing its business premises grow by 50%.
Starting in January 2018, the expansion will allow the company to introduce new product lines into its existing factory as well as create a dedicated distribution centre and packaging site.
The plans include creating a distribution facility that will enable the company to service five trucks at a time to speed up the supply chain process.
The £3 million investment from Mackays along with a further £875,000 European grant will cover the lease, fit out and purchase of new equipment.
Mackays makes a range of nine marmalades, nine preserves, and two curds and stays true to its values of producing small authentic batches.
With 40% of its sales coming from overseas, the business exports to 80 territories around the world, and employs 180 people at its factory in Angus.
Mackays managing director Martin Grant said: “The expansion announcement rounds off a fantastic year for Mackays. With our business turnover up 7%, which includes an increase of 35% in export, we are in great shape and looking forward with excitement to the year ahead.
“In 1995 we were filling just 10,000 jars a year which – compared to today’s 25 million – demonstrates the demand for Mackays Dundee marmalade and jams.
“The investment will enable us to continue to meet this demand while continuing to make our products in the traditional way using steam-heated copper-bottomed pans for a truly authentic taste.”
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