Pupils see journey from potato to crisp

Pupils visiting Mackie's factory
Norette Ferns

Pupils from Inchture Primary School in Perthshire recently visited the factory where Mackie's Crisps are produced.

The trip to the factory at Taypack, near Errol, was organised by the Royal Highland Education Trust (RHET) as part of their mission to give every school pupil in Scotland the chance to learn about food, farming and the countryside.

Pupils were able to watch the journey from potato to crisp, with Mackie's staff on and to show the children round different areas of the factory.

Mackie's Sales & Marketing Executive Harriet Shaw said:

"It was great to have pupils from a local primary school in the factory and to show them first hand where their food comes from. We have enjoyed working with RHET and are proud that we are playing our part in educating the next generation about food, farming and the countryside."

Alix Ritchie, RHET Project Co-ordinator for Perth & Kinross said:

"Mackie’s at Taypack Ltd. is a great visit for pupils as it gets the children thinking about where their food comes from and the journey it has to take to get from plough to pack. We are grateful to the staff at Mackie’s Crisps for taking time to welcome the pupils to the factory at a busy time of year."

RHET organises farm and estate visits for schools and also arranges classroom speakers who can explain the environmental, economic and social realities of living and working in the countryside. The organisation also produces free curriculum-linked resources, available free for teachers. Visit the RHET website for more information.