Family bakery secures deal with Lidl stores

Denise Sandy Angela McKinnonHusband and wife run Tower Bakery has agreed a substantial distribution deal to provide a range of six products to 90 Lidl stores across Scotland.

The business, run by Sandy and Angela McKinnon and their three children, secured the deal after the firm expanded its operational capacity.

Tower Bakery’s confectionery and bread products hit the supermarket’s shelves last week in the latest high-profile contract the Perth company has won. It already supplies Aldi, Co-op, Spar, and more recently ASDA and Tesco.

Angela McKinnon, said: “Our recent spate of contract wins has been great news for the development of the business.

“We have created 20 jobs across the firm, including bakers and drivers. We’ve also had to double our production capacity which Clydesdale Bank helped to fund. As part of that expansion we’ve invested a six figure sum in new equipment.”

Angela attributes credit for Tower Bakery’s recent expansion to the hard work of her children. She said: “My husband Sandy looked after the day-to-day running of the bakery for 35 years, but when he suffered a stroke last year we got the children more involved. It’s because of their expert handling of the business that these contracts have been won.

“David, Debbie and Denise, have been worked tirelessly in their new roles as partners and are due a lot of credit for our recent growth.

“The increasing demands on capacity have been hard work for us all, but it’s a very exciting time for the business.”

Richard Smith, head of Clydesdale Bank’s business and private banking centre in Dundee, said: “It’s great to see a local business like Tower Bakery achieving its growth aspirations.

“The company had to grow very quickly to meet rapidly increasing demands. We are proud to have helped Angela and her family make the purchases necessary to meet their customers’ needs and plan for future expansion.” 

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