Expanding Dundee dairy firm sees doorstep deliveries of glass bottles of milk soar amid lockdown

A Tayside dairy business has secured funding to expand across the north-east of Scotland.

Supplying more than 60,000 glass bottles of milk to the doorsteps of thousands of customers every week, Kerr’s Family Dairy has experienced a sharp rise in demand amid the pandemic.

The Dundee-headquartered firm has agreed a six-figure funding package with Royal Bank of Scotland. Part of the funding has been used to purchase extra vans, allowing the company to accelerate its presence across Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire after it opened a depot in the Granite City last year.

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The fifth-generation family business is also re-locating its main operations to a unit on Ash Street, Dundee. Following fit-out works, the team will move to the new hub later this year.

Kelvin Kerr Jnr, director, and Paul Johnstone, depot manager, at Dundee-headquartered Kerr's Family Dairy.
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Bosses expect to create up to 12 jobs across the north-east over the next six months as the expansion rolls out.

Director Kelvin Kerr said: “Although the past 12 months has brought many challenges and uncertainty due to the current environment, we are very grateful to find ourselves in a fortunate position as the demand for delivery services soared amid lockdown.

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“Between our Dundee and Aberdeen depots, we now serve a customer base of more than 13,000; it’s exceeded our business targets and we’re extremely proud to serve so many communities across the country.

“The funding from Royal Bank of Scotland has enabled us to continue our ambitious business growth pipeline and we’re in a strong position to take our services to new regions as customers place greater importance on supporting local and sustainable businesses.”

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Kenny Walker, commercial relationship manager at Royal Bank of Scotland, added: “It has been rewarding to help enable this exciting new chapter for Kelvin Kerr Jnr and his team as they re-locate to a larger HQ to match the unbelievable demand for their services.

“Their commitment to delivering high-quality products and building strong relationships with the communities they deliver to is evident. The funding boost will allow the team to continue the already top-class job they are doing with confidence, and I look forward to hearing about their future success as we continue a positive relationship with the firm.”

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