Mackie’s Takes a Trip Down South for Latest Flavour
Wednesday, March 29th, 2017
A traditional London nursery rhyme is being given a sweet and zesty summer update from a Scottish family run ice cream maker.
Mackie’s of Scotland’s latest limited-run flavour is based on the ancient rhyme, “Oranges and Lemons” which references the famous bells of St Clements church in London.
Named “St Clements Ripple” and chiming into the freezer aisles in April, the refreshing Brazilian Orange and Sicilian lemon flavoured ice cream is rippled with an all-natural orange sauce.
Kirstin Mackie, Development Director and one of three sibling owners at the Aberdeenshire firm, said: “Everyone knows the rhyme, or the first line at least, and it is a classic flavour combination – one that’s perfect for sunny summer days.
“Based on our traditional real dairy staple, we’ve added natural orange oil and a luxurious swirl of sauce to complete the citrus hit.”
The bespoke recipe debuted at last year’s Royal Highland Show and proved such a hit that it was swiftly scooped up as a future seasonal flavour.
Sourced and tested at Mackie’s development kitchen, the team at Westertown Farm went through an impressive 20 versions to get to the perfect recipe.
Kirstin added: “It’s a tough job but someone has to do it – and a lucky number of us personally went through every single tweaked version.
“It is part of the process for every single flavour and tub that we make that we take our time to get things right.
“We pride ourselves on getting the highest possible quality in ingredients and balacing flavours perfectly – the last thing we want to do is slack off on the all-important ice cream testing!”
After the success of last summer’s seasonal special, Sicilian Lemon Meringue, and winter’s Chocolate Orange, the family run firm carefully selected the new flavour from a number of customer suggestions.
Kirstin, along with sister Karin and brother Mac, are the fourth generation of the Mackie family to be involved in the business. The farm has its own dairy herd as well as four wind turbines and a large solar farm, vital elements in the firm’s “sky to scoop” ethos.
The rise of the Mackie’s name as one of Scotland’s most recognisable food brands started in 1986 when the company responded to changes in the dairy market by launching ice cream production.
In 2009, the company diversified into making potato crisps in a joint venture with the Taylor family, which continues at new premises in Errol Brickworks, as Mackie’s at Taypack.
In 2014, Mackie’s launched its own range of chocolate bars, which it now produces in a purpose-built, £600,000 chocolate factory on the farm.
The company is on course to sell £1million of chocolate over the coming year and an expanding range will further contribute to a burgeoning export book which already sees Mackie’s products on sale in global markets as diverse as Taiwan, South Korea and the Middle East.
Recent investment in the business – including creation of the chocolate factory and the opening of Scotland’s biggest solar farm – has topped £6m with attention on product development, infrastructure, innovation, staff and renewables.
Find out more about the family business, which is a leader in the finest indulgent snacks and treats, at http://www.mackies.co.uk/
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