Mackie’s ice cream teams up with VisitScotland for ice cream tub on-pack campaign promoting Aberdeenshire and #ScotSpirit

Pictured at Dunnottar Castle are (L-R) Jim Wands, Dunnottar Castle Custodian; Jo Robinson, VisitScotland Regional Director and Stuart Common, Commercial Director at Mackie's of Scotland

Pictured at Dunnottar Castle are (L-R) Jim Wands, Dunnottar Castle Custodian; Jo Robinson, VisitScotland Regional Director and Stuart Common, Commercial Director at Mackie’s of Scotland

EDINBURGH, SCOTLAND, 2016-Sep-05 — /Travel PR News/ — Aberdeenshire’s iconic Dunnottar Castle is to adorn 150,000 one-litre tubs of Mackie’s ice cream, as part of a promotion with VisitScotland.

The North-east food and farming giant has teamed up with the national tourism organisation for an online and ice cream tub on-pack campaign promoting Aberdeenshire and #ScotSpirit.

Earlier this year, VisitScotland launched its biggest ever global campaign and social movement – Spirit of Scotland. The multi-million pound campaign is built on extensive research that shows the people think Scotland has a unique spirit – whether it’s the magic of the landscapes or the warmth of the people. It has already been hugely successful, with more than 160,000 shares of #ScotSpirit since launch.

VisitScotland has revealed its own #ScotSpirit with a new brand, website, TV advert and launch of an innovative digital marketing approach and online community. The national tourism organisation is asking people from all walks of life, from all parts of the world what #ScotSpirit means to them.

Dunnottar Castle plays a starring role in defining the ‘spirit’ of Scotland in the campaign. It has featured on advertising in the London Underground, in media and in direct mail packs as part of the campaign.

The partnership between Mackie’s and VisitScotland comes on the back of two previous successful joint campaigns in the Year of Homecoming 2014 and Scotland’s Year of Food and Drink 2015. The on-pack design will include an image of Dunnottar Castle, part of Scotland’s Castle Trail, as well as the Spirit of Scotland branding.

The promotion, which aims to promote the region, offers people the chance to win a family break to Aberdeenshire and will run from September through to April 2017. It will appear on 150,000 one-litre tubs of Mackie’s ice cream, which are distributed into all major national supermarkets), and through Mackie’s digital channels.

The lucky winner will scoop a two-night B&B family break at Meldrum House Hotel, a VIP tour of Mackie’s Farm, a year’s supply of Mackie’s ice cream and chocolate and £100 travel expenses.

The Mackie family has been producing its famous ice cream from the 1,600-acre Westertown Farm, near Inverurie, since 1986 and has now also branched out into chocolate and crisps. The wind, land and cows help to produce the fresh milk and power for the ice cream dairy. Referred to as the ‘sky to scoop’ process, the wind provides power for the farm that grows the crops, to feed the cows who make the milk and cream in

Mackie’s ice cream. They also produce their own packaging on-site as part of their aim to become one of the most eco-friendly businesses in Scotland.

Jo Robinson, VisitScotland Regional Director for Aberdeen City & Shire, said:

“This partnership with Mackie’s offers a great opportunity for us to promote #ScotSpirit and increase the reach of the Spirit of Scotland campaign to maximise inspiration, as well as offering people the chance to win a break in this stunning region. This innovative way of promoting Aberdeenshire is also a perfect fit for 2016 – Scotland’s Year of Innovation, Architecture and Design.

“We hope this award-winning campaign will inspire more people to visit Scotland and let them share their #ScotSpirit with us. It is fantastic that Aberdeenshire, through Dunnottar Castle – such an iconic and recognisable castle in the North-east – is being promoted to so many people.”

Karin Hayhow, Marketing Director from Mackie’s Ice Cream said:

“Scotland certainly does have a unique and special spirit and we are delighted to be working with VisitScotland to offer a chance to win a break and come to enjoy our home area of Aberdeenshire. We like to think that the unique taste of Mackie’s Ice Cream is in part due to the Spirit of Scotland, as it’s made with fresh, local, natural ingredients, powered by nature and made by people happy to be living and working in this beautiful rural environment!”

Jim Wands, Custodian at Dunnottar Castle, said:

“Aberdeenshire has so much to offer the visitor, and it’s great to see Mackie’s, one of the area’s premier producers, showcasing the Castle and the wider area on their flagship product.”

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