Local marmalade firm Mackays to embark on multimillion-pound expansion

Martin Grant with the firm’s Dundee marmalade.

The largest producer of marmalade and jam in Scotland is gearing up for a multimillion-pound expansion.

Arbroath-based Mackays is set to begin work on a £3.2 million expansion in January.

The expansion will see the business premises grow by 50%.

The plans include creating a distribution facility that will enable them to service five trucks at a time to speed up the supply chain process.

The investment from Mackays — along with a further £875,000 European Grant — will cover the lease, fit out and purchase of new equipment.

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.”

The firm began in 1938 making the fillings for United Biscuits’ jam rings.

The firm was acquired in 1995 and transformed into a household marmalade and preserves brand.