Macfarlane, Lang & Co. Limited

Macfarlane, Lang & Co. Limited

Macfarlane, Lang & Co. was a biscuit manufacturer in Glasgow.

The origins of the company go back to 1817 when James Lang opened a bakery in Gallowgate. Lang’s nephew, John Macfarlane later joined the business which became styled Macfarlane, Lang & Co. in 1841.

A new bakery was established at Wesleyan Street in Calton, Glasgow in 1880. In 1886 the firm built its first biscuit factory, called the Victoria Biscuit Works, on a site next to the bakery.

Expansion to London followed, with the opening of the Imperial Biscuit Works in Fulham, west London, in 1903. In 1904 the firm was incorprated as a limited liability company; Macfarlane, Lang & Co. Ltd. In 1925 a new Victoria Biscuit Works with modern equipment was opened in Tollcross.

In 1948 Macfarlane, Lang merged with another Scottish biscuit manufacturer, Mc Vitie & Price, to form United Biscuits.

United Biscuits has since expanded to become one of the leading food suppliers in the UK, and the Tollcross factory remains a major employer in Glasgow’s East End.

In 2014 United Biscuits was acquired by Yildiz Holding, a major manufacturer of food products.