Mackie's at Taypack in family buy-out

By Michelle Perrett

- Last updated on GMT

The Taylor family has taken full ownership of the Scottish crisp company
The Taylor family has taken full ownership of the Scottish crisp company

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Mackie’s at Taypack, the Scottish crisp brand, has become wholly owned by the Taylor family after it purchased the remaining shares in the company from Mackie's of Scotland.

The joint venture between the Taylor family and ice cream producer Mackie’s of Scotland was launched in 2009, to create premium crisps under the Mackie’s of Scotland brand

The families pooled resources to invest and build the independent business, launching a range of Mackie’s potato crisps, from a base near the Taylor’s family farm in Errol, Perthshire.

As majority shareholders, the Taylor family has now purchased the shares held by Mackie’s, although no details on the price paid were revealed. 

New brand

The company produces more than 2m bags each month and while production of the existing crisps will continue at Errol it will transition to a new brand in mid-2023 that will reflect the Taylor family’s ownership.

The crisp brand offering has extended over the years to include popcorn and the 'Lentil waves' range of popped chips.

James Taylor, managing director of Mackie’s at Taypack said: “This next exciting stage in our development is made possible by the success of the joint venture to date, in particular the expertise and support from Mackie’s. 

“We have some exciting growth plans and innovative products in the pipeline, which will ensure the continued success of the business under its new brand in the years ahead.”

'Grow and succeed'

Mac Mackie, managing director of Mackie’s of Scotland added: “We are delighted to have been able to play our part in establishing a quality snack business in Scotland and look forward to seeing the new brand grow and succeed. 

“Innovation and progression are at the heart of Mackie’s, and we will continue the development of our premium ice cream and chocolate ranges at the heart of our success.”​ 

Mackie’s of Scotland produces luxury ice cream at its fifth generation Aberdeenshire farm from ‘sky to scoop’, with wind and sun-powered renewable energy powering the dairy where it makes its ice cream using fresh milk and cream from its own herd.


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