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Mackie's sees crisp sales in Canada

Mackies crisp packet Image copyright Mackies of Scotland
Image caption Mackie's Crisps was set up as a joint venture in 2009

Crisp maker Mackie's has reported a six-fold leap in annual export sales to Canada.

The company exported 279,000 packets to the country in 2013 - up from 46,000 in the previous year.

The Canadian market now makes up about 40% of Mackie's export sales turnover.

The figures were announced as Commonwealth Games Secretary Shona Robison visited a store in Toronto which stocks the Perthshire firm's products.

Ms Robison has been in the country as the Queen's Baton Relay continues its journey through Canada.

Ms Robison said: "This is another terrific example of a Scottish firm making a big impact on the international stage, and it's great to see Scottish brands on supermarket shelves abroad.

"Mackie's have been working extremely hard to gain a foothold in Canada and this has resulted in tremendous sales figures - a six-fold increase in one year is remarkable."

'Tremendous response'

Ronnie Wilson, commercial director for Mackie's Crisps, said: "The response to our crisps in Canada has been tremendous, and our Scottish provenance has proven to be a key selling point in this market.

"Following the introduction of our dedicated Canadian packaging at the beginning of this year, which is bilingual and features a prominent saltire flag, we now have scope to broaden our distribution into mass grocery channels.

"Furthermore, we are about to launch 13 new lines into the Canadian market - in addition to the nine lines we already supply there."

Mackie's Crisps was founded in 2009 as a joint venture between Aberdeenshire-based Mackie's of Scotland and Perthshire potato company Taypack.

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