Scotland business

Snack firm to open new sweet factory in Livingston

New McCowans factory
Image caption Production at the McCowan's plant in Stenhousemuir was suspended two months ago

A snack firm is to open a new confectionery plant in Livingston after buying brands and machinery from the administrators of former Highland Toffee makers McCowan's.

At least 15 to 20 jobs will be created by Nisha Enterprises, which already operates in the West Lothian town.

Nisha is to produce Pan Drops after buying McCowan's Millar brands.

The Stenhousemuir-based firm ceased trading in October, with the loss of more than 100 Scottish jobs.

McCowan's Wham and Highland Toffee brands have since been sold to Tangerine Confectionery for an undisclosed sum.

Nisha Enterprises managing director Sunny Pahuja said he hoped production of Pan Drops could start by mid-April.

He said: "Pan Drops are a 100-year-old brand and I wanted to protect it."

Mr Pahuja added previous employees from McCowan's would be given priority over job openings in Livingston.

Nisha currently produces corn and maize snacks, Indian savoury snacks and nuts and dried fruit. They also act as wholesalers of confectionery.

Administrators Grant Thornton were appointed to McCowan's in mid-September after the company experienced cash flow difficulties.

McCowan's Skegness distribution operation has since closed down and its Bristow's fudge business, based in Devon, has also been sold.

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