Our oat mill in Boyndie is one of the most modern in Europe, combining traditional methods with modern production to ensure a top quality Scottish product from field to table. We only ever use prime quality Scottish oats in our Scottish Porridge Oats and Scottish Oatmeal, supplied by a network of Scottish farmers, grown from Scottish seed, which is closely monitored from seed to harvest.
In January 2012 we brought traditional oat-making into the modern age, when we installed a wind turbine to power the mill, and do our bit to help save the planet.
We work closely with a network of farmers the length and breadth of Scotland, with a predominance of farmers in the north east of Scotland, near our oat mill at Boyndie in Banffshire, in the heart of Scotland’s oat growing countryside. Many of them have worked with us for several generations. Our insistence on the highest standards helps to ensure that we have access to the best crops available.
Before the load arrives at the mill it is subject to rigorous inspection and testing to ensure that our farmers are only supplying oats that meet our high specification.
As the oats are unloaded at the grain intake area, any small sticks, stones and impurities are removed using sieves and cleaners.
The oats are heated and dried in kilns, to remove their natural moisture. The kilning gives them a lovely golden colour and distinctive aroma.
Further cleaning is undertaken and the outer husks are removed, causing the oat to spring from its husk. The oats are moved to our kilns, and the discarded husks are used in animal feed.
The oats are stored in huge storage silos and we move them to our smaller day silos as we require them in the mill.
The oats are either steel cut to produce Pinhead Oatmeal, stoneground using stone wheels to produce Medium Oatmeal or rolled to produce Porridge Oats.
We use automatic packaging lines to fill, weigh and seal each pack, which are then packed into cardboard boxes for delivery to your local store.
Our healthy and wholesome porridge oats and oatmeal are enjoyed by healthy eaters the length and breadth of Scotland and beyond.