McQueens Dairies expand their Loanhead distribution depot

Monday April 4th 2022


From left to right: David Murrie, Mark Broghan, Kevin Robertson, Barry Carty.

Written by Midlothian View Reporter, Luke Jackson

McQueens Dairies Ltd, the fast-growing dairy company, has announced a further expansion of its business with the opening of a new distribution depot in Loanhead that is three times the size of its previous facility as its doorstep delivery business continues to grow in Edinburgh and Lothian.

Its new 12,000 sq. ft depot at Bilston Glen Industrial Estate will serve the company’s tens of thousands of doorstep delivery customers from Whitburn in West Lothian to the City of Edinburgh and across to Dunbar in East Lothian.

The new depot employs 55 staff, and that number is expected to increase by a further 20% in the next twelve months as demand for deliveries from residential, offices and private nurseries within the area continues.

The family business, which specialises in doorstep deliveries, was founded in 1995 by company chairman Michael McQueen and his wife Meg and now operates distribution depots in Scotland and north of England employing hundreds of staff including the couple’s five children who hold senior positions within the business.

In addition to milk products, the company also delivers orange juice, apple juice and free-range eggs which customers can order using the company’s online ‘shop’ or by calling its customer call centre.

Michael McQueen, Managing Director of McQueens Dairies said:

“The expansion of our Loanhead distribution centre reflects the significant increase in demand for doorstep deliveries we have experienced, and for returnable glass bottles to reduce single use plastic, as well as accommodating the future growth of the business in Edinburgh and Lothian. Our customer base is now in the tens of thousands, an increase of almost fourfold since June 2018, and we are also supplying tens of thousands of glass bottles every week, around five times as many over the same time period.”

The company has also appointed Barry Carty as the new Site Logistics Manager to support the business and its growth, following 20 years with multiple retailer Asda.

Barry Carty, Site Logistics Manager at Loanhead for McQueens Dairies added:

“This is an exciting time to join the business as it continues to achieve impressive growth across the region. With many thousands of existing customers, and many more new ones coming on stream, we’ll be looking to increase our staff number in the coming months too.”

McQueens Dairies Ltd has distribution depots in Glasgow, East Kilbride, Kirkcaldy, Galashiels, Manchester, Sheffield, Mansfield, Bradford, Warrington, Preston, Stockton on Tees, Carlisle, Northampton, Birmingham and a modern, state of the art dairy in East Kilbride.

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