Aberdeenshire bakery’s expansion

Murdoch Allan's shop in Hatton
Murdoch Allan's shop in Hatton

An Aberdeenshire family bakery has announced a major expansion with the takeover of Thain’s bakery - Aberdeen’s premier craft baker.

Award-winning Murdoch Allan, which has its headquarters in Hatton, employs more than 100 people and produces a range of craft bakery products including morning goods, cakes, savouries and biscuits.

This new arrangement secures both businesses, going forward

Paul Allan Murdoch Allan MD

The business is currently managed by third-generation craft baker Paul Allan and his wife Katrina.

Thain’s are a prominent name in Aberdeen with a long, proud history, currently employing 50 people.

Current owners Graeme and Alan Thain will remain with the business, guaranteeing continuity and have hailed the move, which will provide job security for the long-serving workforce and maintain the Thain brand going forward.

Murdoch Allan managing director Paul Allan said: “I am delighted to be able to announce the takeover of Thain’s bakery and I am particularly pleased that Graeme and Alan Thain will be remaining with the business which they have worked hard to build up over the years and which was founded by their late father, Jack Thain, in 1962.

“In fact, this is particularly exciting for me personally as my grandfather served his apprenticeship at Cummings of Tarves, one of the constituent brands of the Thain’s company.

“This new arrangement secures both businesses, going forward and retains several of Scotland’s pre-eminent bakery brands.”

Murdoch Allan took over the long-established Simmers factory in Hatton in 2002 and the bakery now operates six retail outlets in the North-east, offering fresh bakery products and takeaway meals.