Aberdeenshire biscuit maker Duncan’s of Deeside is to boost production by 300% and almost double its workforce.

The news comes after the shortbread and oatcake maker opened a new warehouse, after securing an undisclosed funding deal with Clydesdale Bank’s Aberdeen Business and Private Banking Centre.

Up to ten new jobs are expected to be created and a double shift system introduced at the Laurencekirk-based bakery, which now has space for a new production area.

Paul Duncan, business development manager of the third-generation family business, 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.”

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

Strengthened knowledge

Stephen Hepburn, head of Clydesdale Bank’s Aberdeen Business and Private Banking Centre, added: “We welcome the opportunity to support Duncan’s of Deeside ...working closely with industry organisations has strengthened our knowledge of the sector and helps us to provide unparalleled support to our food and drink customers.”

Last week, a partnership to produce gluten-free biscuits was announced by Duncan’s of Deeside and Pulsetta Foods.