Family-run dairy set for expansion across Scotland

Kelvin Kerr Jnr, director, and Paul Johnstone, depot manager, at Kerr's Family Dairy

DUNDEE-headquartered Kerr’s Family Dairy has welcomed a £450,000 funding package from Royal Bank of Scotland as the firm sets it eyes on an extensive expansion across the north-east.

Supplying more than 60,000 glass bottles of milk to the doorsteps of thousands of customers every week, Kerr’s Family Dairy has experienced a significant increase in demand for its services over the last year following the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

A fifth-generation family company operating for more than 120 years, the funding boost has enabled the firm to purchase and re-locate its main operations to a 4,630 sq ft unit on Ash Street, Dundee. Following fit-out works, the team will move to the new hub later this year.

Part of the funding has also been used to purchase a fleet of 10 extra vans, allowing the firm to accelerate its presence across Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire after it opened a depot in the city last year.

Attracting more than 5,000 new customers within a matter of months, Kerr’s Family Dairy expects to create up to 12 new jobs across the north-east over the next six months as its success continues.

Kelvin Kerr Jnr, director at Kerr’s Family Dairy, said: “Although the past 12 months has brought many challenges and uncertainty due to the current environment, we are very grateful to find ourselves in a fortunate position as the demand for delivery services soared amid lockdown.

“Between our Dundee and Aberdeen depots, we now serve a customer base of more than 13,000; it’s exceeded our business targets and we’re extremely proud to serve so many communities across the country.

“The funding from Royal Bank of Scotland has enabled us to continue our ambitious business growth pipeline and we’re in a strong position to take our services to new regions as customers place greater importance on supporting local and sustainable businesses.”

Kenny Walker, Commercial Relationship Manager at Royal Bank of Scotland, said: “It has been rewarding to help enable this exciting new chapter for Kelvin Kerr Jnr and his team as they re-locate to a larger HQ to match the unbelievable demand for their services. 

“Their commitment to delivering high-quality products and building strong relationships with the communities they deliver to is evident. The funding boost will allow the team to continue the already top-class job they are doing with confidence, and I look forward to hearing about their future success as we continue a positive relationship with the firm.”

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