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Fresh hopes of saving sweet maker
Highland toffee and wham bars
The firm made some of Scotland's most famous sweets
An MSP has expressed hope that jobs can be saved at the factory where Highland Toffee was made.

McCowan's went into receivership this week with the loss of 150 jobs.

Falkirk West MSP Dennis Canavan, who met company bosses on Wednesday, said it had received several informal inquiries about the business.

Millar McCowan's factory in Stenhousemuir and a sister plant in Broxburn, West Lothian, closed after a struggle with restructuring costs.

Flagship brand

Mr Canavan, who hopes the Stenhousemuir factory could be reopened, said the company's products were so well known, the situation was bound to generate some interest.

He said: "We have in McCowan's, and in Highland Toffee in particular, one of the most famous, iconic brand names in Scottish confectionary - that in itself must be attractive to some businesspeople."

The firm had struggled with restructuring costs since being formed from the ailing John Millar and Sons and McCowan's last year.

John Millar and Sons, producer of pan drops and chocolate eclairs, was founded in 1884 by the Edinburgh baker.

McCowan's was established in 1922 by Andrew McCowan and manufactured its flagship brand Highland Toffee, one of Scotland's best-loved sweets, for more than 80 years.

The chew bar Wham, a fizzy fruity bar topped with sugar, was introduced in the 1980s and sold more than 30 million bars a year.

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