Golden Casket News

Great Taste 2021

On Sept 21 Hilton Ice Cream of Bradford won a prestigious Gold Star in the Guild of Fine Foods Great Taste Awards competition for their Aubrey Strawberry and Hugh Blu Millions branded Ice Cream. Judged by a panel of leading players from all levels of the Food Industry this wonderful collaboration between Hilton ice Cream and Millions sweets attracted such accolades as –

“took us right back to the seaside”

“a huge crowd-pleaser for a children’s party”

“the texture of the ice cream is excellent”

The good news for Millions lovers is that Hilton Ice Cream hope to build on this success and bring out other ice cream versions of your favourite sweets.

Halal Certification

Hilton ice Cream are now pleased to announce that after a successful audit by Halal Certification Europe they have now been awarded Halal certification for the Hugh Blu and Aubrey Strawberry Millions Ice Cream.

Ann McMullan CA – Financial Director

Golden Casket are thrilled to announce the appointment of our new Financial Director – Ann McMullan CA. Ann will be joining us after having worked for Brown’s Food Group as Financial Controller for the last 7 years. Strong communication skills and an open, honest approach have been key to Ann building relationships with her previous colleagues, customers and business partners, and we have no doubt she will carry over these skills to Golden Casket.

Douglas Pilkington Retirement

It is a bittersweet moment as we announce the retirement of our Financial Director, Douglas Pilkington, who has been a strong player in our financial department for over a decade. Before joining Golden Casket in 2009, Douglas worked for National Semiconductor for 6 years then held a senior position at Aulds the Bakers for 24 years. After being at Golden Casket for 11 years, Douglas has worked and contributed to local businesses in Inverclyde for an impressive 41 years. From the beginning, it was clear Douglas was an experienced CA with the ability to overcome any challenge that was thrown his way, and he quickly became a key member of the accounts and finance department. In 2015, he was promoted to Financial Director which he recalls as one of the defining moments of his career. In this position he helped the business grow during tough and competitive trading years.

Douglas has said the things he will miss most about working at Golden Casket is the variety of work the job entailed, working on something different every day and the buzz of helping to achieve new business. He will also miss all his colleagues at Golden Casket and being able to help them when it came to tax, pensions and other issues in both a professional and personal capacity. However, what he will miss most is of course, the staff discounted sweet treats! Discounted sweets were not the only perk of working for Golden Casket, Douglas also fondly remembers many great nights out with the company – Golden Caskets 50th & 60th Anniversary parties and STV’s Lulu’s Hogmanay show in 2018 to name a few.

The last year has been tough, for everyone personally, but also for Golden Casket. Brexit caused a huge amount of uncertainty and confusion, that paired with the Coronavirus pandemic, lead to many tough business decisions having to be made. The coronavirus period is something Douglas definitely won’t miss. However, he is proud to have seen the company through one of its greatest challenges and believes the future is looking bright. During his retirement he will enjoy spending time with his four grandchildren, exploring the outdoors, playing golf and most importantly…relaxing.

Douglas, we have been incredibly lucky to have you as an integral part of Golden Casket for over a decade and we wish you a long and happy retirement. You will be greatly missed, not only as a Financial Director but, most importantly as a friend.

Aldi Backs Iron Brew Jelly Babies

After the successful launch of Golden Caskets Millions Iron Brew Jelly Babies in January, Aldi have announced this week they will be listing the product as part of their core range across 96 Scottish Stores. The product was first launched as part of the supermarkets Next Top Product Award and impressively sold out in less than a month. When asked about the success of the product, Golden Caskets Sales and Marketing Director Sandra Fisher had this to say: “To sell out in less than a month after launching in January was just brilliant, and we are thrilled that the product has returned within Aldi’s everyday range and will again be available across all Aldi Scottish stores.”

The Millions Iron Brew Jelly babies have also caught the attention of the press here in Scotland with articles of the hit product being published in The Daily Record, Glasgow Live and Dumfries and Galloway Whats Going On! Golden Casket are thrilled with the success of the Millions Iron Brew Jelly Babies and hope to continue to see the product thrive.

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