Tunnock to build fourth teacake plant as sales grow

Tunnock is ramping up production of its famous teacakes. Picture: Robert Perry
Tunnock is ramping up production of its famous teacakes. Picture: Robert Perry
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The maker of Tunnock’s teacakes is to build a fourth manufacturing plant amid growing demand for its sweet treats.

The expansion plans came as Uddingston-based Thomas Tunnock posted sales of £53 million for the year to the end of February, an increase of 3.5 per cent on the figure of £51.3m recorded for the previous year.

“Following continued investment, a fourth teacake manufacturing plant has just been commissioned and with planning permission recently received for a factory extension, the company continues to invest in the local community and beyond,” said the firm, led by managing director Boyd Tunnock.

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Accounts just filed at Companies House show the biscuit maker’s pre-tax profits were broadly flat at just under £7.2m. A dividend of £1m was paid for the second year running.

Writing in the annual report, directors said the company – which employs more than 500 people – continues to invest in new plant, with capital expenditure of almost £6.3m during the year, more than double the previous year’s investment of £3m.

“This is essential to maintain our position at the forefront of the market,” said family-owned Tunnock, which traces its roots back to 1890.

Earlier this year, Tunnock dismissed a furore surrounding a marketing campaign as a “storm in a teacake”. It said that a London Underground advert promoting the famous treat as “the Great British Tea Cake” was simply a nod to hit BBC show the Great British Bake Off.

But the move angered some Scots, who said it was a rejection of the firm’s Scottish roots.

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