LANARK-based Border Biscuits has won a major UK-wide supply deal with supermarket giant Morrisons covering 182 stores, after investing £1 million in its manufacturing plant.

The independently run biscuit firm, founded in 1984, noted the supply deal would see its dark chocolate ginger biscuit bar rolled out UK-wide.

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The biscuit-maker, which has an annual turnover of £17.9 million and employs around 170 people, describes this product as “an evolution of Border’s best-selling dark chocolate ginger and the business’s first foray into the fast-growing ‘snack bar’ category”.

Border Biscuits, which donates 10 per cent of its profits to local charities and projects every year, noted it had in the last 12 months recorded sales of more than £5m for its dark chocolate ginger product.

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The firm noted its new kit had enabled a run rate of up to 500 chocolate biscuit bars per minute.

Citing figures from market researcher Kantar, Border Biscuits managing director John Cunningham said: “With in-home snacking having increased by 50% during lockdown, we hope that consumers will enjoy discovering their favourite biscuit in its new snack bar format. Like many food manufacturers, coronavirus has presented countless challenges for our business. To have our new dark chocolate ginger bars land in Morrisons is testament to the continued hard work and commitment of our team.”