Mackays, Sponsor of the World’s Original Marmalade Awards

Mackays jamThe rich and varied history of Mackays dates back to 1938, when the company was founded by the Mackay brothers.

From humble beginnings, Mackays is now the only remaining producer of the original Dundee Orange Marmalade, in the Dundee Region of Scotland.

Considered to be the home of Marmalade, Dundee’s affiliation with the product dates back to the late 1700s when the Keiller family purchased a ship load of Seville oranges which were too bitter to eat. So as not to waste the goods, Mrs Keiller boiled the oranges with sugar and created the original Dundee Orange Marmalade in her kitchen. From thereon, the Keiller’s founded the first Marmalade factory in Dundee in 1797.

Mackays stirring jamThe traditional manufacturing methods are continued today, with Mackays being one of the few remaining producers using traditional copper bottomed open pans. This time honoured cooking method allows the rich fruit flavours to fully develop, creating a superior quality product. Currently the company produces a range of 9 different marmalades.

In 2004 and 2012, the company was awarded the Queens Award for Enterprise, in the International Trade category, for exceptional contribution growth within overseas markets. To date, the company exports to over 50 countries worldwide, including the USA, Canada, mainland Europe, Japan and Scandinavia.

In 1995, the company was bought by Paul Grant MBE and now employs over 145 people from the local community.

Mackays is a proud sponsor of the Homemade Marmalade Awards, and has its name to both the classic Mackays Seville Orange category and the Mackays World and Commonwealth Marmalade, which celebrates the international appeal of the Awards – fitting, as Mackays themselves export to over 50 countries worldwide.

In 2017 Mackays are putting their experience to wonderful use, and have created the Mackays Award for Excellence, to be awarded to the Artisan producer that they feel best demonstrates excellence in the manufacture, marketing and presentation of their marmalade. A fantastic opportunity for small marmalade producers to learn from the best.

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