GOOD summer weather has boosted sales and profits at family-owned ice cream firm Mackie’s, as it looks to expand its push south of the Border.
Based at Rothienorman in Aberdeenshire, it saw turnover in the year to 31 May rise to £11.1 million from £10.3m, with a number of new retail accounts contributing to the improved performance.
Cost savings and production efficiencies helped pre-tax profits rise to £861,000, compared with £595,000 the previous year.
Mackie’s said the summer of 2013 had been the sunniest since 2006, helping ice cream volumes rise by 6 per cent. It is looking to further increase turnover this year, with extended listings in England with Tesco and Sainsbury’s for its two best-selling flavours, traditional and honeycomb. Two new flavours – salted caramel and white chocolate and coconut – are being launched in the next few weeks.
Mackie’s is building a factory on its farm premises to produce a range of chocolate bars, which it launched in the autumn. It is also upping its investment in renewable energy, including a fourth wind turbine and a solar panel farm.
Staff numbers edged down to 63 from 69 during the year.
In addition to its own activities, Mackie’s operates a crisps joint venture with Perthshire potato farmers the Taylor family.
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