Mackie’s plays it cool with retro ice cream tubs

Managing director Mac Mackie with the firm's vintage ice cream tubs. Picture: Ross Johnston/Newsline Media
Managing director Mac Mackie with the firm's vintage ice cream tubs. Picture: Ross Johnston/Newsline Media
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Ice cream maker Mackie’s is going back to its roots by producing a quarter of a million “vintage” tubs to mark its 30th anniversary.

The family-run firm began farming in 1912 and now employs 68 people on its Aberdeenshire farm, including five who have been with the business since it made the move into ice cream in 1986.

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Marketing director Karin Mackie said: “Our traditional ice cream is often described as a taste of childhood – so we thought it would be fun to enjoy a little nostalgia by bringing out these vintage tubs.

“Thirty years on and it is thanks to our customers that we have reached this milestone birthday – and this limited run of tubs is just the beginning of our bumper year of celebrations.”

As part of a £6m investment programme, Mackie’s – which has enjoyed strong demand for its products in South Korea and Taiwan – has also developed a new chocolate factory on its farm.