Trade heavyweight joins Macphie as Operations Director

Transfer facilitates “generational change” at thriving household enterprise

L-R Donald MacDonald, Operations Director and Ed Widdowson, Site Director for macphie - image used by Scottish PR agency

A MILESTONE director appointment at one of many UK’s most outstanding substances producers helps usher in a brand new period for the household enterprise.

Macphie Ltd has appointed Donald MacDonald to the position of Operations Director, overseeing the event of its two manufacturing services – Glenbervie close to Stonehaven and Tannochside in North Lanarkshire.

With Donald taking up oversight of operations, former Website Director, Ed Widdowson, has moved into the position of Technique & Sustainability Director, and can look to aggressively pursue Macphie’s sustainability targets.

Andy Stapley, Macphie CEO, says the appointment and subsequent adjustments are essential for the longer term success of the enterprise: “We’re at a generational crossroads. The enterprise has come via a robust interval of development regardless of the latest financial challenges and the most recent appointments might be instrumental in driving our enterprise ahead.

“Now we have signed off an enormous funding dedication to overtake parts of our websites at Glenbervie and Tannochside to spice up manufacturing and jobs, whereas additionally enhancing upon our sustainability credentials.

“It’s additionally necessary to put money into gifted people who will convey recent concepts and power to the enterprise and assist us to thrive out there.”

The transfer comes at a pivotal second for the £70m+ enterprise, and Donald might be main a programme of works to broaden and enhance manufacturing throughout each Scottish websites.

Initially from Argyll however now residing in Glasgow, the father-of-four brings greater than 20 years of expertise main operations, provide chain and engineering roles inside the meals business.

With a background in chemical engineering, Donald has held senior roles at Rio Tinto and Bakkavor. Previous to his transfer to Macphie he spent 4 years as Operations Director at Scottish Salmon Firm.

L-R Donald MacDonald, Operations Director and Ed Widdowson, Site Director for macphie - image used by Scottish PR agency

He mentioned: “It’s been fascinating studying all about Macphie’s massive portfolio of merchandise. The worldwide potential is big.

“It is a high-growth, high-ambition firm. In some ways it appears like a 50-year-old startup, such is the power and the urge for food for constructive change.

“Within the shorter time period we have now main funding programmes underway, and I’m getting closely concerned as we broaden our manufacturing capability in Scotland.

“One factor I’ve already come to understand is there’s an extremely robust workforce of individuals at Macphie, which has been supplemented in recent times with senior leaders from a variety of various backgrounds. I’m delighted to have the ability to play my half.”

Macphie, which has held B Corp certification since 2015, goals to be carbon impartial by 2035 and Ed might be instrumental in laying the groundwork to realize this goal over the subsequent decade.

Not too long ago, the agency carried out sustainability incentives together with the set up of photo voltaic panels on the Tannochside website, and upgraded to high-efficiency boilers throughout services, which is anticipated to scale back power utilization by 20-25%.

As a member of the fourth technology of the Macphie household to run the enterprise, Ed will assist be certain that the family-owned firm retains its heritage whereas persevering with to innovate below his strategic path.

Ed mentioned: “Donald’s appointment permits me to tackle a way more overarching position to set the longer-term path of the enterprise.

“We’re a really distinctive enterprise with headquarters in a rural setting like no different, which means the individuals we work with are basic to every thing we do. Its why so many have stayed with us for many years and they’re going to stay a significant a part of our success transferring ahead.

“Reward and recognition are crucial to our core values. We should proceed to draw the most effective expertise, and a key a part of that’s guaranteeing our services are on the prime of the sport, which can allow us to proceed high-performance, high-quality manufacturing.

“Our outlook is absolutely constructive and thru these investments in individuals and our websites we’re positioning ourselves for the subsequent 50 years of success.”

Initially based in 1928 in Glasgow, the corporate later relocated to Glenbervie, close to Stonehaven, in 1973, it has since grown to have 250 workers with revenues of over £70m.

The sport-changing transfer to Glenbervie within the seventies got here alongside forward-thinking sustainability initiatives by Macphie. In 1974, Macphie started treating the effluent on the Glenbervie website for use in a sustainable approach, which marked the beginning of a formidable inexperienced journey for the meals agency – now the location options its very personal wind generators to energy the manufacturing facility sustainably.

Sustainability is a key ingredient of the fourth-generation household agency’s philosophy: it was amongst Scotland’s first companies to realize B Corp standing in 2015, having efficiently demonstrated an unwavering excessive customary of social and environmental efficiency.

Macphie Ltd is now an internationally famend substances producer, producing a variety of merchandise throughout its core classes of sauce, bakery and ice cream inclusions, in addition to providing plant-based and gluten-free choices.

Macphie’s imaginative and prescient is to be the go-to companion for meals manufacturers around the globe, turning concepts and creativity into sensible options. Its ardour for making life simpler for cooks and bakers is mirrored in its “merely intelligent” strapline.

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