Macphie completes £4m factory investment to support expansion

By Michelle Perrett

- Last updated on GMT

Andy Stapley, chief executive with Macphie, outside the new factory
Andy Stapley, chief executive with Macphie, outside the new factory

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Macphie, the ingredients supplier, has completed a £4m factory refit of its Tannochside facility to support its expansion into the frozen ice cream and dessert market.

More than 40 jobs have been created following the investment of the 25,000 ​sq ft North Lanarkshire facility which was stripped back to the bricks before the refit and layout change.

Investment was made in equipment, including state-of-the-art manufacturing lines and end-of-line packaging machinery ​that ​will enable it to compete for and deliver further contracts in the ice cream and frozen dessert market. 

The factory will also be able to add new lines over the coming months as part of the major business growth plans.

Full-scale production

Macphie’s said it has restarted full-scale production for the first time since it consolidated all operations to its Glenbervie headquarters near Stonehaven in mid-2020. This was a move made in response to the forced closure of many of its customers’ businesses. 

However, it revealed that output was on track to exceed pre-pandemic levels before the end of the year and it expects even further growth. 

Andy Stapley, chief executive of Macphie, said: “This is our biggest ever investment programme at Tannochside since we acquired the site in 2000 and is a show of our long-term commitment to the region.

“The facility is at the very cutting edge and is allowing us to deliver quality that shines through.”

Sustainability

The firm has grown from its roots as a craft baker into an ingredients supplier worth over £60m, supplying global food brands, household name businesses and the wholesale sector. 

Sustainability has been a key element to the family firm. It was among Scotland’s first businesses to achieve B Corp status in 2015, having successfully evidenced a high standard of social and environmental performance. 

And earlier this year the company appointed Kirsty Allan​ to the newly created post of sustainability manager to drive forward its environmental agenda.

Macphie was established in 1928 and now employs more than 250 people across its three sites. 

 

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