Walkers Shortbread

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Walkers Shortbread
IndustryBaked goods
Founded1898 (1898) in Torphins, Scotland
FounderJoseph Walker
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]

The company's signature pure butter shortbread is baked in the Moray village of Aberlour, according to an original family recipe perfected by Joseph Walker in 1898."[2]

"Walkers continued adding to its line of recipes, producing more than 80 products by the mid-1990s. By then, the next generation of Walkers had taken the leadership following the senior James Walker's death in 1987. The younger Walkers took up positions as co-managing directors, with each assigned specific responsibilities in the company. As such Joseph Walker directed the group's production, purchasing, and distribution operations, while Marjorie Walker handled the company's administration and finance. James Walker provided the company's public face, responsible for marketing and sales."

However, on 13 June 2006 Walker's grandson James Walker, announced that the bakery in Aberlour would be closing and turning into a research facility for the company.[3]

The company has received the Queen's Award for Export Achievement three times, "the highest accolade given to British exporters."[4] Walker Shortbread is also still owned and managed by the Walker family.[5]


Walkers Shortbread is based in Aberlour in Speyside, but they also have a production site in Elgin, both Scotland. In the United States, their offices are in Hauppauge, New York.

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  1. ^ Scotland on Sunday - Business
  2. ^ WalkersShortbread.com - Home
  3. ^ "Walkers Shortbread closing village bakery" - PoliticalGateway.com 13 June 2006
  4. ^ WalkersShortbread.com - History
  5. ^ 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.

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