Mackie’s is now a fourth generation family business, with a five generation old tradition of first sons called Maitland Mackie ;
Doctor Maitland Mackie of North Ythsie, Tarves (1884-1975)
Sir Maitland (Mike) Mackie, Westertown (1912-1996)
Maitland Mackie CBE - current Chairman
Maitland (Mac) Mackie - Managing Director
Maitland (Mike) Mackie - future career unknown
Each Maitland as an entrepreneurial innovator has, in his own way, contributed to the development of the business:
Doctor Maitland secured and delivered a substantial farm to each of his six children.
Sir Maitland was the first to diversify the developing dairy farm into milk retailing in Huntly and Aberdeen. This activity was started in the late 30s and subsequently sold to form the core of Kennerty Farm Dairies in 1964.
Chairman Maitland restarted milk retailing with the purchase of several rural milk rounds in the late 60s. By 1994 the business had become a substantial milk processing/retailing business with a turnover of £12 million and employing 250 people. During the same period the area farmed doubled.
The present Managing Director Maitland (Mac) has consolidated the land base to the Westertown farm area, grown profitable ice cream sales to over 10 million litres per annum, diversified into production of ice and installed the three wind turbines.
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