A family-run business that runs the last commercial water-powered oat mill in Scotland is supplying Waitrose Scottish stores with two exclusive products.

This month, Oatmeal of Alfords’ Scottish Porridge Oats and Scottish Muesli with Strawberry & Hazelnut go on sale exclusively at Waitrose stores in Edinburgh and Glasgow.

The Oatmeal of Alford, based in Aberdeenshire, is run by the Medlock family. They mill oats at Montgarrie Meal Mill and turn them into traditional oat products such as oatmeal, porridge and muesli.

The three Waitrose stores in Scotland now stock around 300 Scottish lines including Alford’s Medium Oatmeal.

Tracey Marshall, Waitrose Local and Regional Sourcing Manager, said how pleased Waitrose were to be adding two more Oatmeal of Alford lines to their Scottish selection. She said:

“The products are made from home-grown Scottish oats, which are traditionally prepared and processed. They’re delicious and authentic and Oatmeal of Alford’s are a perfect example of the type of local supplier we love to work with.”

John Medlock is delighted to be working with Waitrose:  He said:

“Waitrose really understand about good food that’s carefully and sustainably produced. We pride ourselves on being “the best of the best” in Scottish oats products, so I am thrilled to be able to offer oat aficionados more of our authentic products through Waitrose. Working with them, is a fantastic way to build our business and introduce our products to a wider audience.”

The Medlock family pride themselves for selling 100 percent home grown oats from their farm at Mains of Haulkerton, Laurencekirk.  They are harvested at the farm and then transported to the mill where they are dried on an iron kiln and milled using traditional methods which have been used for over a century.  After milling they are then taken back to the farm to be packed, or other ingredients such as dried fruit and nuts are added, depending on what the final product is.

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Published On: Sun, Oct 31st, 2010 at 5:38pm

Alford Millers go to town!

A family-run business that runs the last commercial water-powered oat mill in Scotland is supplying Waitrose Scottish stores with two exclusive products.

This month, Oatmeal of Alfords’ Scottish Porridge Oats and Scottish Muesli with Strawberry & Hazelnut go on sale exclusively at Waitrose stores in Edinburgh and Glasgow.

The Oatmeal of Alford, based in Aberdeenshire, is run by the Medlock family. They mill oats at Montgarrie Meal Mill and turn them into traditional oat products such as oatmeal, porridge and muesli.

The three Waitrose stores in Scotland now stock around 300 Scottish lines including Alford’s Medium Oatmeal.

Tracey Marshall, Waitrose Local and Regional Sourcing Manager, said how pleased Waitrose were to be adding two more Oatmeal of Alford lines to their Scottish selection. She said:

“The products are made from home-grown Scottish oats, which are traditionally prepared and processed. They’re delicious and authentic and Oatmeal of Alford’s are a perfect example of the type of local supplier we love to work with.”

John Medlock is delighted to be working with Waitrose:  He said:

“Waitrose really understand about good food that’s carefully and sustainably produced. We pride ourselves on being “the best of the best” in Scottish oats products, so I am thrilled to be able to offer oat aficionados more of our authentic products through Waitrose. Working with them, is a fantastic way to build our business and introduce our products to a wider audience.”

The Medlock family pride themselves for selling 100 percent home grown oats from their farm at Mains of Haulkerton, Laurencekirk.  They are harvested at the farm and then transported to the mill where they are dried on an iron kiln and milled using traditional methods which have been used for over a century.  After milling they are then taken back to the farm to be packed, or other ingredients such as dried fruit and nuts are added, depending on what the final product is.

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