Scots preserves firm Mackays plans 50% factory expansion

By Rick Pendrous contact

- Last updated on GMT

Preserves boss Martin Grant: ‘We are in great shape and looking forward to the year ahead’
Preserves boss Martin Grant: ‘We are in great shape and looking forward to the year ahead’
Mackays, which claims to be Scotland’s largest producer of marmalade and jam, is embarking on a £3.9M investment that will expand the site by 50%.

Starting in January 2018, the expansion will allow the company to introduce new product lines into its existing factory as well as operate five trucks at a time, thus speeding up its supply chain operations.

The investment comprises £3M from Mackays and a European grant of £875,000 to cover the lease, fitting out and purchase of new equipment.

‘Fantastic year for Mackays’

“The expansion announcement rounds off a fantastic year for Mackays,”​ said md Martin Grant. “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 with today’s 25M – demonstrates the demand for Mackays Dundee Marmalade and jams.”

The investment will enable Mackays to continue to meet demand. The company makes a range of nine marmalades, nine preserves, and two curds in a traditional way, using steam-heated copper-bottomed pans.

With 40% of its sales coming from overseas, the business exports to 80 territories around the world. It employs 180 people at its factory at Abroath in Angus.

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