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Great to see an is­land in­sti­tu­tion cel­e­brat­ing 40 years in busi­ness.

Ar­ran Dairies is one of the old­est fam­ily firms on the is­land, with the busi­ness now run by its fourth gen­er­a­tion.

Many vis­i­tors will only know them for their ice­cream but it is also Ar­ran’s only lo­cally-based cater­ing whole­saler serv­ing the is­land. Add the Taste of Ar­ran work that goes on at the dairy’s base in Mar­ket Road and you get some idea of the thriv­ing busi­ness hub it is to­day.

It may be a far cry from the dairy set up in 1978 by Russell and Sheila Dob­son to process the milk pro­duced on their Brod­ick farm but, as their son Alas­tair has said, if it wasn’t for their vi­sion, the firm would not be what it is to­day.

Four years ago, it was sad to see the dairy stop pro­duc­ing milk due to in­creas­ingly dif­fi­cult mar­ket con­di­tions, but it has proved the right one and the com­pany now con­cen­trates on pro­duc­ing its award­win­ning ice-cream, which has just been given a com­plete re­brand­ing.

Ar­ran Dairies may now be a real fam­ily af­fair, but Alas­tair was quick to praise the ‘small, dili­gent and fan­tas­tic team’ he has around him. That must all bode well for the next 40 years.

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