Johnstone’s Bakers has announced that its turnover has more than trebled since 2007 following a major investment in a state-of-the-art factory.

The independently-owned Scottish firm said that following a £7m investment three years ago, which saw the company relocate to a new site in East Kilbride, the firm’s turnover has risen from £2.1m in 2007 to £7.4m in 2009.

During the same period, it also won international contracts to supply the USA, Australia and Russia, and achieved its highest-ever monthly sales in June this year.

Johnstone’s said it has seen its export business grow significantly over the last three years, and revealed that it is currently gearing up to fulfil a new contract, which will see its products distributed throughout 15 countries across Europe. A spokesperson for the firm said the new contract is for an own-label range for one of Europe’s multiple retail chains.

In order to cope with increased demand for its recently launched Connie’s range, the firm has also announced it is to invest a further £400,000 in its production area. The expansion will include the addition of new equipment, including an enrobing machine and a machine that will allow the bakery to make its own chocolate.

Johnstone’s Bakers produces a number of cake, cereal and biscuit bars and slices, including caramel shortcake, lemon cheesecake and rocky road, orange chocolate tiffin, chocolate tiffin and Black Forest brownie.