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Green credentials help Mackie’s secure M&S listing

Bill Thain with Leigh Brogan, M&S Inverurie Store Manager


 

Scottish dairy brand Mackie’s of Scotland has secured a listing with Marks & Spencer that will see its ice cream stocked in 80 of the retailer’s food stores across the country.

The deal worth is worth more than £100,000 a year to the family-run Aberdeenshire business which impressed M&S with its commitment to ethical and environmental production. The milk comes from Mackie’s own herd of cows, while the farm and factory are powered by the renewable energy it generates through wind turbines, solar panels and a biomass plant.

It has just announced a £4 million project to replace its old freezers with low carbon, power efficient units run on ammonia – a natural refrigerant gas that poses no threat to the environment.

The company grew 13% last year and currently has a dominant 22% share of the Scottish premium branded ice cream market.

Emillie Emblin-James, frozen buyer at M&S, said: “Mackie’s attention to being a green and ethical company while delivering a high-quality product are among the many reasons why we were keen to have its tubs on our shelves.”

M&S has had a big focus on new Scottish products over the last few months as it concentrates on it food offerings.

Bill Thain, national account manager at Mackie’s, said: “This is an exciting opportunity and we hope that it will make our product more readily available to our existing customers while also attracting new ones.”



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