Stewart

Stewart

Owner, Caithness Bakery

Stewart was born on Orkney in 1945 and learnt to bake with his father when he was still a boy. He now runs the Caithness Bakery in Forss, with his wife Margaret. He and his team combine traditional baking techniques, fantastic Scottish produce and an unwavering commitment to the highest quality food.

The Caithness factory is the most northerly biscuit production on the UK mainland. From our office windows, we can look out to where the Pentland Firth meets the Atlantic. On a fine day, we can see the Orkney Isles.

We moved to our current premises at Forss Business Park in 2009. The unit was a blank canvas, allowing us to create a modern production unit from scratch. We were fortunate to have guidance from a technical director at a large food retailer regarding layout and process flow. It meets our current requirements, and also giving us the capacity for future increased production.

Since 2009 we have added to our equipment, increased production and employed more staff. We have all the facilities needed in a modern food manufacturing unit

The Factory

At Caithness Biscuits our factory is the most northerly biscuit production on the UK mainland. From our office windows, we can look out to where the Pentland Firth meets the Atlantic. On a fine day, we can see the Orkney Isles.

We moved to our current premises at Forss Business Park in 2009. The unit was a blank canvas, allowing us to create a modern production unit from scratch. We were fortunate to have guidance from a technical director at a large food retailer regarding layout and process flow. It meets our current requirements, and also giving us the capacity for future increased production.

Since 2009 we have added to our equipment, increased production and employed more staff. We have all the facilities needed in a modern food manufacturing unit

How Caithness Biscuits Began

There was a time when I ran a full-service bakery, but I moved on from that for health reasons. I am not as young as I was, so when I came back into the industry, I decide to focus on biscuits. Everyone enjoys a biscuit or an oatcake; my father used to bring home these tasty morsels, and I have nothing but good memories.

I started with my Fathers baking diaries; I used his experience with some added twists of my own, and I think we have managed to capture some of the magic of those childhood memories. Caithness Biscuits was born.

Ingredients

Good baking starts with good ingredients, so I looked to Orkney for the creamy butter of my childhood. This is butter like it used to be, you can taste it in our finished product.

Where possible we use local ingredients, our oats are from Aberdeenshire. We add flour, sugar and some special touches that balance these traditional recipes, bringing them right up to date for the modern consumer.

If you want to see the factory and our production see the video above.

We produce a quality product, and that quality must also be reflected in our packaging and presentation. We can package from single or duo packs for the hospitality industry, gift packs for the gift and souvenir market or retail shelf packs for national retailers.

Standards & Quality

This Factory meets and exceeds all of the standards required for national retailer accreditation. We are committed to the highest standards of hygiene. We have quality control processes and can provide complete tractability for every product that leaves this facility.

That is Caithness Biscuits