After basing itself for more than seven decades in Falkirk town centre, Mathiesons, with 25 retail outlets and nine restaurants and cafés, has completed a move to an extensive new

bakery at nearby Central Business Park, writes Ian Martin.

At the same time, the company has changed its official title from R Mathieson & Sons to Mathiesons Bakeries, to underline its area of expertise. According to MD George Stevenson, the new 47,000sq ft bakery represents a totally compliant food manufacturing environment and provides scope for expansion that did not exist at its former 18,000sq ft facility

in Williamson Street, Falkirk.

Mathiesons has inves-ted more than £4 million in the project, including some £600,000 on new equipment. The new bakery incorporates a retail outlet for business park customers and passing trade from the adjacent main road, which leads to the Kincardine Bridge crossing of the Firth of Forth.

A feature on the new bakery will appear in a forthcoming issue of British Baker.