Cold comfort

IT is a tough life, working away in the North Sea. But at least some home comforts are at hand.

Mackie’s of Scotland, the crisps to renewables firm, has revealed that it dispatched no fewer than 150,000 litres of its ice cream to oil rigs last year, estimating that more than 1.5 million scoops were lapped up by hungry workers on offshore platforms.

The ice cream is supplied to the rigs by Entier, the specialist offshore caterer.

Mackie’s sales director Stuart Common said: “We know that offshore workers can be away from home for weeks on end and recognise that it’s important they have some home comforts.

“We don’t skimp on the quality of our ingredients and the result is a taste that people remember from their childhoods.

“The ice cream comes directly from the family farm and is made with all of our own milk and cream – and we think it doesn’t get more wholesome and homely than that.”

Rugby gloom

HAMPDEN & Co chief executive Graeme Hartop is not encouraged by the Scottish rugby team’s form heading into next month’s World Cup in Japan.

Speaking shortly after the Scots were hammered 32-3 by France in the first of four warm-up matches, Mr Hartop, a former Hawick and Edinburgh Academicals player, said: “The only upside to it was they didn’t give too much away or their plans in Japan!”

“[It was] not great. There were a few rusty-looking individuals there, and France were actually pretty good.”

Big on bacon

CRIEFF Hydro chief executive Stephen Leckie revealed this week that the hotel group’s bacon provider was the only one of its suppliers which have been stockpiling in preparation for Brexit.

“We shift a lot of bacon in the company,” he said. “At Crieff Hydro alone, we will do 1,000 slices of bacon every single day. We buy a lot of bacon!”

Asked whether this suggests the vegan movement has still to become established in Crieff, he revealed he was not personally a fan of the vegan square sausage.