• Are your products wheat free / gluten free?

    No. All our oatcakes contain some wheat so are not wheat free or gluten free.

  • Are your products suitable for vegans?

    All our oatcakes are suitable for vegetarians

    Our oatcakes without cheese are vegan approved -Orkney Thick, Orkney Thin, Orkney Beremeal, Mini Original, Mini Cracked Black Pepper

  • What are the benefits of oats?

    Oats are considered to be a superfood due to their numerous health benefits. As a high fibre, low GI wholegrain they work to slow your digestion and help to keep you feeling fuller for longer. This in turn can curb your cravings and promote weight loss.

    They are high in protein, rich in vitamins and minerals and are recognised as a good source of energy to keep you going throughout the day. In addition, beta glutens contained in oats are believed to stimulate the immune system and have a proven effect in lowering cholesterol and preventing heart disease.

    For more detail, please refer to:

    • Commission Regulation (EU) No 1160/2011 on the authorisation and refusal of authorisation of certain health claims made on foods and referring to the reduction of disease risk
    • Commission Regulation (EU) No 432/2012 establishing a list of permitted health claims made on foods, other than those referring to the reduction of disease risk and to children’s development and health
    • Regulation (EC) No 1924/2006 of the European Parliament and of the Council on nutrition and health claims made on foods
  • Is bere barley (beremeal) an ancient grain ?

    Bere barley is an ancient six-rowed native grain that is still grown in the north of Scotland. Bere can be traced back to being used in Orkney more than 4,000 years ago and is well adapted to the Islands growing conditions through its rapid spring growth, short growing season, and tolerance to acid soils. It is commonly referred to as 90-day barley as it is sown later and harvested earlier than other crops.

    The arrival of modern higher-yielding barleys in the 19th century led to the general decline in its use however a key factor for its survival on Orkney has been the Barony Mill, Birsay. This traditional water powered mill, which dates back to 1873, continues to grow, mill and sell the ‘meal’.

    Beremeal is a cream-coloured flour with a distinctive, earthy, nutty flavour and wholesome appearance, traditionally used to make bere bannocks – round flat scones. Being very proud of our Orkney heritage we wanted to develop a new product with an ingredient sourced from the Islands so beremeal was a natural choice. Working with Queen Margaret University's (QMU) Scottish Centre for Food Development and Innovation, we developed an oatcake which as well as having a unique taste and flavour, has a high fibre content and contains multi nutrients including folate (vitamin B12), thiamine (vitamin B1), iron, phosphorous, magnesium and iodine.

    Our Beremeal Oatcakes have already been very successful having won best new product at the Highland and Island Awards 2016, shortlisted for Healthy Choice at the Scottish Food and Drink Awards 2017 and won a Great Taste 1* award in 2020. Our new Orkney Heritage Bere Barley, Chilli and Cheese oatcakes won an SSFS 2022 Bronze award.

    For more details about bere barley please refer to:

    • UHI Research (2009): New markets and supply chains for Scottish Bere barley (Martin, Peter; Wishart, John; Cromarty, Arthur; Chang, Xianmin)
    • Theobald et al, (2006): The nutritional properties of flours derived from Orkney grown bere barley
  • Where can I buy your oatcakes locally?
    • Look out for our products in a variety of farm shops, cheese merchants, delis, convenience stores and supermarkets across the UK
    • Orkney Thick & Thin are sold in many Scottish Asda, Co-op, Morrisons, Sainsbury's, Tesco and Waitrose stores. Across the rest of the UK, you should find either one or both in selected Asda, Booths, Tesco and Waitrose stores
    • If you live in the USA you can buy our oatcakes on Amazon.com or The Scottish Grocer https://www.thescottishgrocer.com/pages/oatmeal-and-oatcakes
  • Are any of your products considered to be sugar free?

    All our products contain a low level of naturally produced sugar that comes from other ingredients such as the wholegrain oats.

    Our Orkney Thin is the only oatcake that contains 'no added sugar' in the recipe of ingredients. The rest of the range have a small quantity of sugar added.