Murdoch Allan bakers has bought a Scottish bakery firm, as it expands to meet demand.

The Hatton, Aberdeenshire-based baker has taken over Thain’s Bakery in Aberdeen, famed for its 24-hour pie shop.

The owners of Thain’s - Graeme and Alan Thain, will remain within the business – founded by their family in 1962.

Murdoch Allan managing director Paul Allan said: “This new arrangement secures both businesses, going forward and retains several of Scotland’s pre-eminent bakery brands. .

“This move is also a vote of confidence in the Thain’s business and workforce, and allows Murdoch Allan to further secure its capacity to meet the volume of demand created by our various contracts.”

Murdoch’s bakery acquired Robb’s Bakery in Stritchen previously and, in 2002, it took over Hatton’s United Biscuit factory - doubling turnover. It now operates six retail outlets in the north east, and supplies corner shops and independent supermarkets.

Thain’s operates a 24-hour shop on George Street in Aberdeen, where its macaroni pies are particularly popular.