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CJ Lang and Son Limited is celebrating the incredible milestone of its 100th anniversary.

The wholesaler hosted a tradeshow and glamorous gala dinner at the Fairmont Hotel in St Andrews on 28th March to celebrate its incredible achievement.

Over 550 people attended the event, including members of the Scott-Adie family, staff from the Dundee depot, independent retailers, company-owned store managers, suppliers and friends.

The company has a fascinating history spanning the past century. In 1919, Charles J Lang purchased Max Poulson’s food brokers business in Dundee. Over the next few decades, the business prospered and expanded.

Then in 1960, CJ Lang and Son Limited joined VIVO Group Trading, later to amalgamate with SPAR Great Britain in 1975. This proved to be one of the most significant moves in the company’s history.

In 1993, SPAR Scotland was born as CJ Lang and Son Limited consolidated its position and acquired the SPAR franchise for the remainder of Scotland. Today, the wholesaler employs over 2,000 people, supports a huge number of local charities, and owns 120 SPAR stores in the region.

In 2018 CJ Lang and Son Limited appointed Colin McLean to Chief Executive Officer, who has worked tirelessly to introduce new initiatives to boost the profitability of the business.

McLean said: “100 years is a fantastic tenure in business, and we are looking forward to building a strong and profitable business for the next century too.

“Our focus is on delivering long-term, profitable growth by working with independent retailers and suppliers.  We are also passionate about providing customers with great service, and about making a real difference to the communities we serve.

“We are excited for the future, with great plans for 2019. Thank you to all our customers, business partners and staff for their continued support.”

In addition to this event, a host of activities will take place during 2019 to mark the 100th anniversary in SPAR stores around Scotland.