MACKIE'S today is the outcome of the effort and foresight of four generations of Mackie's and their staff.
Ice cream is currently the main focus of the business - employing 70 people and producing over 10 million litres of luxury ice cream a year.
MACKIE'S farming and food business is owned by the Mackie family. Maitland Mackie is Chairman and his son, Mac Mackie is Managing Director of the company. Mac’s two sisters also have senior management roles – Karin is Marketing Director and Kirstin is Development Director and also Managing Director of Mackie’s at Taypack. (www.mackiescrisps.co.uk)
The Mackie family have been farming at Westertown farm since the turn of the century. Mackie’s were formerly a milk retail company and in 1986 a small investment in a real dairy ice cream manufacturing capability was made, to use the cream surplus arising from a market shift to semi-skimmed milk.
By 1993, the ice cream sales had increased to a turnover of £2.5 million and the traditional byre and old mill were converted to a modern ice cream dairy.
In 1996 the New Product Development Kitchen was added. 1997 was the year of first achievement of Investor’s in People accreditation.
In 2000, the farms were consolidated to the current home farm base of 1800 acres and in 2001 farm activity included replacement of the plough with “minimal till” machinery and work to install a new cow friendly automatic milking system began. Mackie’s have Europe’s largest voluntary access milking centre with 8 robots .
2002 saw first export of Mackie’s ice cream to South Korea. Diversification and use of the farm spring water led to launch of Mackie’s Icy Glen Ice Cubes in 2004, rebranded as MACKICE in 2009.
In 2006 production machinery was added to raise capacity in the ice cream dairy to 6,000 litres per hour and up to 15 million litres per year.
In 2005 Mackie’s became electricity generators with investment in their first wind turbine, and two more were added in 2007 to bring total capacity to 2.5 MW. After many years of planning and establishment growth, our farm arboretum was planted out by Halldis Mackie in 2009.
Mackie’s launched a new range of potato crisps in June 2009 in partnership with the Taylor family and their Taypack potato growing and processing company. (www.mackiescrisps.co.uk).
Mackie’s ice cream has become established as one of the UK’s best selling luxury dairy ice creams – delivering “affordable luxury”.