Crisp making giant Mackie’s to rebrand after Taylor family buyout

A Scottish snack brand is to become owned wholly by a Perthshire family after it successfully completed a buy-out of shares.

Mackie’s at Taypack, a joint venture between the Taylor family and ice cream producer Mackie’s of Scotland was launched in 2009, to create a range of crisps under the Mackie’s of Scotland brand.

The families pooled resources to invest and build the business, launching a range of Mackie’s potato crisps, from a base near the Taylor’s family farm in Errol, Perthshire, which now produces two million bags a month.

As majority shareholders, the Taylor family has now purchased the shares held by Mackie’s.

Production of the existing, award-winning crisps will continue at Errol but will transition to a new brand in mid-2023 that will reflect the Taylor family’s ownership.

The company’s offering has been extended over the years to expand from crisps and include popcorn and the “lentil waves” range of popped chips.

James Taylor, managing director of Mackie’s at Taypack said: “This next exciting stage in our development is made possible by the success of the joint venture to date, in particular the expertise and support from Mackie’s.

“We have some exciting growth plans and innovative products in the pipeline, which will ensure the continued success of the business under its new brand in the years ahead.”

Mac Mackie, managing director of Mackie’s of Scotland added: “We are delighted to have been able to play our part in establishing a quality snack business in Scotland and look forward to seeing the new brand grow and succeed.

“Innovation and progression are at the heart of Mackie’s, and we will continue the development of our premium ice cream and chocolate ranges at the heart of our success.”

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