Mackie’s – sunny, with a chance of sprinkles
A huge increase in ice cream sales, and the introduction of a 35g chocolate bar, are behind a 60% spike in profits at Mackie’s of Scotland.
Chocolate sales grew 63% on the previous year, with growth boosted by the introduction of a smaller 35g bar across its four flavours. Mackie’s Aberdeen ice cream parlour saw sales increase by 136%, thanks in part to a good summer.
Mac Mackie, Managing Director and one of three sibling owners, said: “We’ve worked over the years to grow, cut costs and diversify the business across products and markets.
“This past year’s success is enabling us to make a serious investment in improving our operations, which will in the longer term increase our sustainability and secure job opportunities for more staff in our native Aberdeenshire and beyond.”
The company will invest in a £4.5m refrigeration system, which will reduce both energy use and CO2 emissions by 80%. This follows on from £300,000 investment in new machinery and a factory expansion to enable it to produce two millon lids for its two litre ice cream tubs, cutting transport and environmental costs.
The company produces more than 70% of the energy required for the business and renewable energy generation on its Aberdeenshire farm contributed almost £1m to turnover of the business in 2018/19.
Mac said: “Sustainability and long term business efficiency improvements are our big focus for the year ahead. We know we can’t simply rest on our laurels and it will take a huge effort across our organisation to cope with these changes and to get near to the success of our business-defining financial year.”
Mackie’s ‘sky to scoop’ ethos sees it create everything, from its dairy products from the herd to its packaging, on site. The fourth generation family farm started producing ice cream in 1986.
Caption – L-R – Kevin Jepson, Morag Haggerty, Cathryn Krasjuk, Marie Robertson, Cameron Stott and Kyle Jackson