A Scottish dairy is to create as much as 100 jobs over the subsequent two years as a part of a multi-million growth plan.
McQueens Dairies Ltd, based mostly in Glasgow, has purchased the previous Muller dairy in East Kilbride, which is able to permit it to extend its doorstep deliveries.
The brand new facility, over 6.5 acres, is predicted to open in Spring 2020.
The household enterprise, based in 1995, operates eight distribution depots in Scotland and north of England and a dairy in Glasgow.
It presently employs 400 members of employees, with the couple’s 5 youngsters holding senior positions throughout the enterprise. It opened its newest depot in Galashiels in Might 2019.
‘Demand for doorstep supply’
Chairman Mick McQueen stated: “We’re an bold enterprise that delivers milk direct to prospects’ doorways and need to construct on the success we have achieved thus far.
“Within the final 12 months we grew turnover by 30% and we count on that improve to be repeated this 12 months so the brand new dairy in East Kilbride, which is bigger than our present dairy, offers us an actual platform to take care of that momentum. We’re additionally very enthusiastic about creating many new jobs because of this.
“Our success thus far has been by specializing in the demand for doorstep supply each right here in Scotland and within the north of England.
“We all know that many individuals buy milk from supermarkets however our enterprise is about delivering milk direct to the buyer be that doorsteps or companies. There’s a actual development within the demand for doorstep supply and we’re completely positioned to reply.”
Mr McQueen stated the agency’s present dairy and distribution centre within the north of Glasgow had reached capability.
The growth means the corporate may also want extra provides from farmers.
“We shall be utilizing the dairy differently to the way it was used earlier than, which was predominantly to provide flavoured milk and potted cream,” Mr McQueen stated.
“We’ll be targeted on processing liquid milk, together with orange and apple juices, so a big a part of our funding shall be in fashionable dairy know-how together with new refrigeration plant, pasteurising gear and a filler line that features glass bottles that are having a resurgence with our prospects.
“We’re additionally happy that one other optimistic outcome from our growth is that we are going to be processing extra milk. Our provide relationship with First Milk will see them delivering extra uncooked milk to us, straight from farmers which is nice information for everybody.”
McQueens Dairies Ltd has over 100,000 milk supply prospects throughout Scotland and within the north of England – served by distribution depots in Glasgow, Edinburgh, Kirkcaldy, Galashiels, Mansfield, Huddersfield, Warrington and Preston.