Parlour gain for Mackie

FOLLOWING a busy 12 months in which it launched its first ice cream parlour, Mackie’s of Scotland has reported a turnover of £12.2m and a gross profit of £953,896.

That is an increase in turnover of 1% over the previous year partly due to demand from new markets such as South Korea and Taiwan.

And managing director Mac Mackie picked the opening of the company’s first retail site, an ice cream parlour, as a highlight of 2017.

He said: “A milestone moment has also been the launch of our 19.2 parlour in Aberdeen’s celebrated Marischal Square, which is already helping us to develop new flavours and get instant feedback from customers.”

Mackie pointed out that although the firm is cushioned from dairy market price hikes by producing almost all of the milk it needs from its own herd, it does still need to buy additional cream and warns that this is a cost which will continue to put pressure on ice cream sales.

Mackie’s produces everything, from dairy products to packaging, on a single site and the firm reports in these latest results that it invested £500,000 in new equipment for the production of ice cream and for the fitting out of the parlour during the year.