UK marmalade, jam and chutney producer Mackays has announced a GBP3.8m (US$5m) expansion to its site in Angus, Scotland.

Starting in January 2018, the expansion, growing the premises by 50%, will allow the company to introduce new product lines as well as create a dedicated distribution centre and packaging site.

The GBP3m investment from Mackays, along with a further GBP875,000 by way of a European Union grant, will cover the lease, fit out and purchase of new equipment.

Mackays exports to 80 territories around the world – some 40% of its business coming from overseas – and employs 180 people at its factory in Arbroath.

Mackays managing director Martin Grant said: “The expansion announcement rounds off a fantastic year for Mackays. With our business turnover up 7%, which includes an increase of 35% in export, we are in great shape and looking forward with excitement to the year ahead.

“In 1995 we were filling just 10,000 jars a year which – compared to today’s 25m – demonstrates the demand for Mackays Dundee marmalade and jams.

“The investment will enable us to continue to meet this demand while continuing to make our products in the traditional way using steam-heated copper-bottomed pans for a truly authentic taste.”