Mention Scottish food, and one of the first things most people think of is shortbread. Like most of the best things in life, it’s very simple, containing only flour, butter and sugar. But these everyday ingredients come together and make something extraordinarily tasty.
Shortbread was a must-have in our Dalriata product range, but like everything we sell, we wanted to make sue we chose wisely. We wanted a brand that reflected our own status as a small, family business that cares about quality. We found what we were looking for in Reids’ range.
Reids of Caithness is a family-owned baking business located in Thurso, at Scotland’s northernmost extremity. It’s the most northerly town in the country, just a little down the road from Great Britain’s northernmost point, John O’Groats, This is a remote, sparsely populated, and stormy part of the world, not an easy place to live. For most people it would be more than they could handle. But those who do live there wouldn’t want to be anywhere else. Reids are a proud member of this close-knit community, and their team of bakers hand-craft their products with great care.
Founded in a tiny village in 1966, Reids of Caithness soon got a reputation in the region for their bread and cakes. Before long, they moved to Thurso, and have continued to grow and expand ever since. Over 60 people work there now, and they have innovated steadily in their production techniques, while retaining that handmade attention to detail. By now their products have spread far beyond Caithness, and can be found in Scotland, throughout the UK, and now right here in our Berlin store!
Why is Reids shortbread particularly good?
In a word: butter! Good old honest butter. That’s the secret to the flavour and texture of shortbread. Reids use only pure butter of the highest quality to make their shortbread. No cheaper oils, no margarine, no substitutes. Only flour and fine sugar are added – there’s no need for anything else. Well, except for the Belgian chocolate chunks, of course! Otherwise these are made from the same delicious stuff as their All Butter variety.