Scotland’s ‘Top 10’ food brands - Can you name them?

Scotland's other national drink
Scotland's other national drink

It’s probably not too difficult to guess which company has been selected as Scotland’s No. 1 Food Brand for 2016.

Yes, it’s Irn-Bru, the tongue in cheek ‘Scotland’s other national drink’.

The top ten list (which excludes alcohol) has been produced by Kantar Worldpanel for Scottish Grocer in their Scottish Brand Review 2016. So can you guess the other nine who made it on to the list?

Well, here they are -

1. Irn-Bru

Cumbernauld based AG Barr, makers of ‘Scotland’s other national drink’ has blamed negative media coverage on the recent drop in sales. The Government is to introduce a new sugar tax in April 2018 which will affect fizzy drinks manufacturers unless they move quickly to remove sugar from their drinks.

FTSE 250 listed AG Barr also also owns Rubicon, Strathmore and Funkin and posted a 3.6% drop in sales to £125.6m in the six months to June 30.

2. Graham’s The Family Dairy

Spanning three generations, the Graham family’s dedication has seen Graham’s grow from a small farm producing just 400 pints of milk per day, to Scotland’s largest independent dairy, producing more than 800,000 pints a day.

With a continued focus on product innovation, the award-winning company has expanded its range to include butter, cheese, ice cream, yogurt, quark, cottage cheese, cream, an Organic range and the Gold range, made from the creamy milk of Jersey cows, which they supply to over 6000 customers across the UK.

3. Malcolm Allan

A third generation family company who have been manufacturing quality Scottish meat products since 1954, Malcolm Allan produces 20,700,000 lorne sausages a year (which equates to 54% of Scotland’s supply!) and 45 tonnes of sausages a week.

4. Baxters of Speyside

The Fochabers-based family business is famed for its soups and preserves and employs up to 700 people throughout the year at its North East base.

The company had a turnover of nearly £161m in the year to May 2014 with international sales accounting for 37% of this figure.

5. Bells Pies and Pastry

Bells claims that 4 in 5 Scotch pies sold in Scotland are manufactured by them with 43% of Scots buying their pies every year (Kantar Worldpanel 2015).

Bells Food Group manufactures 60 tonnes of pastry per week (the equivalent weight of 100 Minis!), with the company recently completing the first part of a three-year £3.6m investment which will double pastry production capacity at its Shotts based factory.

6. Tunnock’s

Tunnock’s celebrated their centenary in 1990 after the company’s formation in 1890 by Mr Thomas Tunnock.

Caramel wafers and the legendary Tea Cakes along with Snowballs make up the majority of their production, with revenue increasing by 3.5 per cent to £53.1 million in the 12 months to the end of February 2016

UK turnover was up 2% to £44 million with exports growing by 11.6% to £9.04 million.

7. McIntosh

Forfar-based McIntosh of Strathmore has risen one place since last year to reach the seventh position.

The company’s macaroni cheese accounts for 60% of all macaroni cheese sold north of the Border and 16% in the UK. They have sold nearly 10 million McIntosh ready meals and pies across Scotland to June 2016, a rise of 6.1% on the previous year.

8. Wiseman

Robert Wiseman Dairies was bought by Germany’s Müller for £279.5m in 2012. At the time Wiseman supplied 30% of the UK’s fresh milk and now…?

The milk is sold through supermarkets under the Muller Wiseman brand.

9. Mackie’s

Mackie’s of Scotland, already well known for their ice cream and crisps, has recently moved into the chocolate category and so moves up one place to take this years 9th position.

The Aberdeenshire-based company has achieved year-on-year sales rises which topped £30million in the domestic market for the latest year.

10. Seriously Strong

The Seriously Strong brand is owned by Lactalis McLelland Ltd. based in Stranraer. The company boosted the brand at the beginning of 2016 with the introduction of a new line-up of product formats including Seriously Strong spreadable cheddar with a £3million marketing campaign.
The Scottish Food and Drink market

Scotland’s food and drink sector generated a record turnover of £14.3billion in 2013, according to recent analysis from the Scottish Government.

The figures show turnover is £550million up on the year before, and has risen by almost a quarter since 2008.

Food and drink sector turnover hits record £14.3bn

Between 2008 and 2014, Scotland’s food manufacturing sector turnover increased by 43%, which is more than twice the rate of the UK average.

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