In spite of the obvious problems posed to any business operating during the pandemic, Scotland's largest ice cream producer has gone from strength to strength. Not content with just turning a year-end profits, Mackie's is reaping the rewards of its investment in renewable energy and sustainable practices at the family-run business.
Mackie’s delivers surplus energy into the grid and comprises a 7000 panel solar farm and four large-scale wind turbines at the fourth-generation Westertown Farm, as well as a biomass plant.
Further investment included its biggest ever project – a £4.5 million innovative low carbon refrigeration facility. Supported by the Scottish Government’s Low Carbon Infrastructure transition programme, it is due to complete this spring and should enable a reduction in energy use of up to 80%, contributing to the company’s objective of being 100% self-sufficient in renewable energy.
Mac Mackie, managing director and one of three family owners at Mackie’s, expressed his pride at this achievement: “We have identified how important quality of product is to our customers and consumers and further investment in new freezers and our new refrigeration system not only improves our environmental credentials but has also been proven to improve the quality of our ice creams.
“Other investments in renewable energy and animal welfare underlines our commitment to sustainability and helps ensure the longevity of what is now a fifth-generation family business for future generations of family, staff and customers.”
To find out more about Mackie’s, please visit: www.mackies.co.uk