Royal recognition for local jam factory

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AN ARBROATH-based jam producer has received the Queen’s Award for Enterprise for International Trade.

Mackays, which prides itself on being the last remaining authentic producer of the traditional ‘Dundee Orange Marmalade’, has successfully used the heritage and quality of its products to grow exports from zero in 1995, to today’s position where exports account for 40 per cent of its business.

Exporting has been at the core of Mackays’ growth story since the business was bought over by chairman Paul Grant in 1995.

Mackays, which employs 130 people in Arbroath, is now trading in 52 markets around the world and remains focused on its goal of becoming the number on global supplier of traditional British Marmalade.

Saturday’s announcement marks the second time Mackays has received the coveted Queen’s Award for Enterprise.

And chairman of Mackays Paul Grant, said: “We’re exceptionally pleased to have had our international trading activities recognised through being awarded the Queen’s Award for Enterprise, particularly during this special Jubilee year.

While Martin Grant, managing director added: “To receive the Queen’s Award is fantastic validation of our achievements and we’ll be celebrating the accolade with staff as we work towards our vision of becoming the marmalade brand around the world.”