Duncan’s of Deeside expands Aberdeenshire presence

Duncan’s of Deeside expands Aberdeenshire presence

When Elizabeth Duncan started baking shortbread and oatcakes from her family home three decades ago, she had no idea it was going to turn into a renowned Scottish bakery exporting worldwide. Now in its third generation, family-owned Duncan’s of Deeside is continuing to grow.

Third generation family bakery Duncan’s of Deeside has expanded its presence in Aberdeenshire after constructing a new warehouse.

The expansion in Laurencekirk, Aberdeenshire, has been assisted by a funding package from Clydesdale Bank and will see the bakery create 10 jobs.

The move will also free up the firm’s current storage area for the introduction of new production space that will increase efficiency and allow the company to continue growing. 

Founded over three decades ago, Duncan’s of Deeside is led by managing directors Len and Dawn Duncan.

Len’s mother, Betty, started the business by baking biscuits in her kitchen for her friendly neighbours and the local village shop.

Now being led by son Paul, Duncan’s produces more than 140,000 biscuits daily, still proudly using Betty’s original recipes.

Currently, Duncan’s of Deeside employs 15 full time staff. Creating extra space will allow the company to upscale operations considerably. Plans are in place to introduce a new double shift system and recruit up to 10 new staff.

Paul Duncan said: “We anticipate a very busy 2016. We recently introduced four new flavours of biscuits and the implementation of the extension will create much more opportunity for product development.

“As Scotland’s reputation for fantastic food and drink continues to grow, demand is increasing for our quality hand baked goods. Clydesdale Bank’s experience and knowledge of the sector is helping us to expand and make the most of the appetite for our biscuits.”

Duncan’s of Deeside shortbread and oatcakes are stocked at larger supermarkets in Scotland including Tesco and Morrisons, as well as independent retailers.

They are also exported all over the world.