Walkers Shortbread

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

Walker's Shortbread is a Scottish manufacturer of shortbread, biscuits, cookies and crackers. The company's well-known shortbread is baked in the Moray village of Aberlour, following a recipe developed by Joseph Walker in 1898.[1] Walkers Shortbread operates four factories in Aberlour, where the company is also headquartered, and two in nearby Elgin, Scotland.[2]

The company is Scotland's biggest exporter of food[3] and employs over 4,000 people in 15 locations.[4] It is sold in tartan packaging all over the world.[5]


The business was founded by Joseph Walker in the village of Torphins, Aberdeenshire, in 1898.[4]

In 1992, Walkers Shortbread started producing oaten biscuits for Duchy Originals, having been approached the previous year.[6]

In 2006, Walkers announced that the bakery in Aberlour would be closing and turning into a research facility for the company.[7]

The company has received the Queen's Award for Export Achievement three times.[8] Walkers Shortbread is also still owned and managed by the Walker family.[9]

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.[10]

In 2018 the company's profits were diminished by a global increase in the price of butter by around 50%[11] due to global supply shortages and demand increases, resulting in the company seeing a 60% drop in operating profit.[12]

In 2020, the company rebranded, changing their name to Walker's Shortbread Ltd.[13]


Walker's Shortbread have their headquarters at Aberlour House in Aberlour and have a production site in Elgin.

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  1. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 6 January 2014. Retrieved 6 January 2014.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  2. ^ "Walkers Shortbread". Biscuit people. 11 January 2017. Retrieved 2 April 2020.
  3. ^ "Business | The Scotsman". www.scotsman.com.
  4. ^ a b "History of Walkers Shortbread". www.englishteastore.com. Retrieved 2 April 2020.
  5. ^ "All you need to know about Walkers Shortbread". The Scotsman. Retrieved 18 October 2021.
  6. ^ McCrea, Diane (2007). The handbook of organic and fair trade food marketing. Oxford: Blackwell Pub. pp. 176–180. ISBN 9780470996089.
  7. ^ "Walkers Shortbread closing village bakery" - PoliticalGateway.com 13 June 2006
  8. ^ "WalkersShortbread.com - History".
  9. ^ 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.
  10. ^ "Her Majesty The Queen Grants Royal Warrant To Walkers For Shortbread". www.walkersshortbread.com. Retrieved 26 March 2019.
  11. ^ UK, Oscar Williams-Grut, Business Insider. "The butter market is going crazy". Business Insider. Retrieved 26 March 2019.
  12. ^ "Shortbread firm hit by butter price surge". 18 July 2018. Retrieved 26 March 2019.
  13. ^ Symon, Ken (7 October 2020). "Walker's Shortbread returns furlough payments as it reports increased turnover and marginally reduced profits". businessInsider. Insider Publications Ltd. Retrieved 3 September 2021.

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