Old grains, new flavours
Oats, one of Scotland’s oldest cereal crops, are the heart of many of the country’s bakery favourites. Now recognised for their health benefits - they can help cut heart disease and are one of the best slow-release complex carbohydrates - this age old staple of the Scots diet is finding new fans.
Scottish bakers have been quick to respond, with many traditional recipes given innovative and modern twists aimed at health conscious customers and those who require gluten-free products.
As well as the old favourites, these new products are already finding and delighting new consumers.
125 years and counting
The industry in Scotland is overseen by Scottish Bakers, a trade association set up over 125 years ago to promote their members’ products and act as their public voice.
And the sector - boasting a turnover in excess of £595 million, and employing over 16,000 people in manufacturing and retail - has a lot to shout about.
Scottish Bakers represents over 230 manufacturing and retail businesses, making up 24% of Scotland’s Food and Drink Manufacturing base and over 12% of the country’s retail sector.