Aberdeen yoghurt producer rora dairy to collaborate with Social Bite in fight to end homelessness in Scotland

An Aberdeen dairy has teamed up with Social Bite to help raise funds for homeless people this winter.

Published 8th Dec 2020
Updated 9 th Aug 2023

Rora dairy, an award-winning Scottish yoghurt producer, has partnered with Social Bite and their Festival Of Kindness to help support the fight to end homelessness.

The Festival Of Kindness aims to raise enough funds to distribute 250,000 meals and essential items to homeless people in Scotland and throughout the UK over Christmas and the winter months.

For every pot of yoghurt bought over the Christmas period, rora dairy will donate 5p to Social Bite’s kindness appeal.

The money will go towards funding Christmas dinners, emergency food packs, essential items and emergency shelter throughout the UK.

Sara Rees, head of partnerships at Social Bite said: “It’s brilliant to have rora dairy support Social Bite’s Christmas campaign, the Festival of Kindness.

"Christmas this year will be a strange one for all us, but the pandemic has meant homeless and vulnerable people need our help now, more than ever.

"The donations from this partnership will provide a real lifeline of food, essential items and emergency shelter to so many people and vulnerable families this winter.

"We really look forward to growing this partnership and making a tangible difference to those who need it most.”

Jane and Bruce Mackie, founders of rora dairy, are driven by their motto, ‘farm as if you’ll live forever,’ with sustainability and giving back to the community at the heart of their small family business.

Solar panels and wind turbines are used to power the dairy and ‘wildlife corridors’ protect and maintain natural wildlife on the farm.

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As well its new partnership with Social Bite, rora dairy continues to work closely with local charity, Aberdeen Cyrenians, which helps people affected by homelessness, violence and domestic abuse in and around Aberdeen.

Over lockdown they also gave their yogurt to many local care homes as well as Kemnay Farm Shop in Inverurie, ensuring local school children have access to healthy lunch options.

Jane Mackie, of rora dairy, “We are so pleased to be able to support this wonderful ‘festival of kindness campaign’ especially as this has been a hard year for so many. We want to build rora dairy in the right way.

"We care about the environment, sustainability , our animals and most importantly people. We are giving because we care.”

Rora dairy launched its range of premium Scottish yoghurt back in 2017.

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The yoghurt is free from artificial colours, flavours, sweeteners and preservatives, and the dairy prides itself on the simplicity and purity of its product, which is made entirely from local ingredients farmed in a responsible and conscious way.

The dairy uses a non-invasive farming technique, which allows the cows to choose when and how often they are milked.

The rora diary yoghurts are stocked in Sainsbury’s, Morrisons and smaller shops, delis, cafes and hotels across the country.

To find out more and a local stockist, visit the dairy's website.

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Known for cake making, experimental jam recipes, Champagne, whisky and gin drinking (and the inability to cook Gnocchi), Rosalind is the Food and Drink Editor and whisky writer for The Scotsman, as well as hosting Scran, The Scotsman's food and drink podcast.
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