Walkers Shortbread

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Walkers Shortbread Ltd.
IndustryBaked goods
Founded1898 (1898) in Torphins, Scotland
FounderJoseph Walker
HeadquartersAberlour, Scotland
Area served
Productsshortbread, biscuits, cookies and crackers

Walkers Shortbread is a Scottish manufacturer of shortbread, biscuits, cookies and crackers. The company is Scotland's biggest exporter of food[1] and employs over 4,000 people in 15 locations.[2] Walkers Shortbread operates four factories in Aberlour, where the company is also headquartered, and two in nearby Elgin, Scotland.[3]

The company's well-known shortbread is baked in the Moray village of Aberlour, following a recipe developed by Joseph Walker in 1898.[4]


The business was founded by Joseph Walker in the village of Torphins, Aberdeenshire, in 1898.[2]

In 2006, Walkers announced that the bakery in Aberlour would be closing and turning into a research facility for the company.[5]

The company has received the Queen's Award for Export Achievement three times, "the highest accolade given to British exporters."[6] Walkers Shortbread is also still owned and managed by the Walker family.[7]

In 2017 Walkers Shortbread was granted a Royal Warrant of Appointment from Her Majesty The Queen for the supply of Shortbread to the Royal Household.[8] Walkers Oatcakes had previously received the Royal Warrant in 2002.[citation needed]

In 2018 the company's profits were diminished by a global increase in the price of butter by around 50%[9] due to global supply shortages and demand increases, resulting in the company seeing a 60% drop in operating profit. [10]


Walkers Shortbread have their headquarters at Aberlour House in Aberlour and have a production site in Elgin.

See also[edit]

List of shortbread biscuits and cookies


  1. ^ Scotland on Sunday - Business
  2. ^ a b "History of Walkers Shortbread". www.englishteastore.com. Retrieved 2020-04-02.
  3. ^ "Walkers Shortbread". Biscuit people. 2017-01-11. Retrieved 2020-04-02.
  4. ^ http://www.walkersshortbread.com/uk/about/
  5. ^ "Walkers Shortbread closing village bakery" - PoliticalGateway.com 13 June 2006
  6. ^ WalkersShortbread.com - History
  7. ^ Bindrim, Kira (2 July 2007). "Walkers Shortbread names new CEO". newyorkbusiness.com. Crain Communications, Inc. Archived from the original on 27 September 2007. Retrieved 8 June 2015.
  8. ^ "Her Majesty The Queen Grants Royal Warrant To Walkers For Shortbread". www.walkersshortbread.com. Retrieved 2019-03-26.
  9. ^ UK, Oscar Williams-Grut, Business Insider. "The butter market is going crazy". Business Insider. Retrieved 2019-03-26.
  10. ^ "Shortbread firm hit by butter price surge". 2018-07-18. Retrieved 2019-03-26.

External links[edit]

Official site