McQueens Dairies has purchased East Kilbride dairy as part of a multi-million pound expansion.September 19, 2019
McQueens has purchased Müller’s East Kilbride facility in Cairn Place as part of a multi-million pound expansion to expand their doorstep milk delivery service. The 6.5 acre site in East Kilbride will significantly increase McQueens operations, and could create up to 100 jobs when it opens in spring 2020.
Chairman Mick McQueen said: “In the last year we grew turnover by 30% and we expect that increase to be repeated this year, so the new dairy in East Kilbride – which is larger than our current dairy – gives us a real platform to maintain that momentum.”
The family business, founded in 1995, operates eight distribution depots in Scotland and the north of England and a Glasgow dairy.
It currently employs 400 members of staff, with the couple’s five children holding senior positions within the business. It opened its latest depot in Galashiels in May 2019.
East Kilbride Dairy
Chairman Mick McQueen said: “We’re an ambitious business that delivers milk direct to customers’ doors and want to build on the success we’ve achieved so far.
“In the last year we grew turnover by 30% and we expect that increase to be repeated this year so the new dairy in East Kilbride, which is larger than our current dairy, gives us a real platform to maintain that momentum. We’re also very excited about creating many new jobs as a result.
“Our success to date has been by focusing on the demand for doorstep delivery both here in Scotland and in the north of England.
“We know that many people purchase milk from supermarkets but our business is about delivering milk direct to the consumer be that doorsteps or businesses. There is a real growth in the demand for doorstep delivery and we are perfectly placed to respond.”
Mr McQueen said the firm’s current dairy and distribution centre in the north of Glasgow had reached capacity.
The expansion means the company will also need more supplies from farmers.
“We will be using the East Kilbride dairy in a different way to how it was used before, which was predominantly to produce flavoured milk and potted cream,” Mr McQueen said.
“We’ll be focused on processing liquid milk, along with orange and apple juices, so a large part of our investment will be in modern dairy technology including new refrigeration plant, pasteurising equipment and a filler line that includes glass bottles which are having a resurgence with our customers.
“We are also pleased that another positive result from our expansion is that we will be processing more milk. Our supply relationship with First Milk will see them delivering more raw milk to us, directly from farmers which is good news for everyone.”
McQueens Dairies Ltd has over 100,000 milk delivery customers across Scotland and in the north of England – served by distribution depots in Glasgow, Edinburgh, Kirkcaldy, Galashiels, Mansfield, Huddersfield, Warrington and Preston. You can place your milk delivery order online hereBack >