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How ethical is Mackie’s?

Mackie’s is a brand of ice cream which has a good score on The Good Shopping Guide’s Ethical Ice Cream Ratings Table.

With a GSG score of 77, Mackie’s can be considered an ethical brand. Mackie’s hasn’t yet applied for Ethical Accreditation, but its high score would mean that if it did, it would be able to display The Good Shopping Guide’s Ethical Mark on its products.

We encourage other companies in the Ice Cream sector to follow Mackie’s  example and adopt more ethical policies and practices.

What does Mackie’s do?

Mackie’s began making ice cream in 1986 but the dairy farm it grew from in Aberdeen was in operation from 1912. Its first product was ‘Natural Ice Cream’, which was a creamy dessert with no added flavour, known today as ‘Traditional’ flavour.

In which areas does Mackie’s perform well?

Mackie’s performs well for its Environmental Report, as the brand has a page detailing its use of 100% renewable energy, including information about its wind turbines and solar panels and a clear commitment to sustainability.

It also scores well across our criteria for Nuclear, Fossil Fuels, Animal Welfare, Political Donations and Armaments. Find out more about our ethical criteria.

What can Mackie’s do to improve its score?

The above benchmark score that Mackie’s is awarded on The Good Shopping Guide’s Ethical Ice Cream Ratings Table is the result of an evaluation of multiple ethical criteria.

As Mackie’s already receives a top score in the Ethical Ice Cream sector, The Good Shopping Guide encourages it to get in touch and apply for Ethical Accreditation. After sending in its application, Mackie’s will be offered the use of The Good Shopping Guide Ethical Mark.

Mackie’s could further improve its score by releasing a statement relating to GMOs, becoming certified as vegetarian and gaining organic certification.

Were you aware that your brand could benefit from Ethical Accreditation? If accredited by The Good Shopping Guide, brands can display our Ethical Mark, showcasing to consumers that it is an ethical and sustainable supplier.

If you’re interested in learning more about how to attain Ethical Accreditation, please contact us or complete a Free Initial Assessment form.

Ethical performance in category


GSG score


GSG category benchmark


Ethical Rating


  • Environmental Report


  • Genetic Modification


  • Organic


  • Nuclear Power


  • Fossil Fuels



  • Animal Welfare


  • Vegetarian/Vegan Verified



  • Armaments


  • Political Donations



  • Ethical Accreditation


  • Public Record Criticisms


  • Ethical Innovator


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