Maclean's Highland Bakery

Maclean's Highland Bakery is a craft bakery business based in Forres, Moray. The business manufactures and sells a full range of bakery products, including bread, oatcakes, biscuits and cakes. They sell these products in their five retail shops and via wholesale.

Maclean's Highland BakeryMaclean's Highland Bakery supplies the five Maclean's retail shops which are based in the Speyside area of Moray. The wholesale side of the business supplies a number of major retailers across Scotland. The oatcake range is also exported to many countries including Australia, USA, Japan and China, with strong sales being achieved in these markets.

A salt reduction programme was developed for 20 top-selling products including oatcakes, biscuits and savouries, equating to 80% of the company's sales.


  • The salt content of the steak pie was reduced by 50%.
  • Four oatcake products were reformulated reducing the salt content by 17%.
  • There was a 20% salt reduction for certain fermented products such as Harvester (malted wheat) Bread, White Pan Loaves, and Tasty (wholemeal) Bread. These products now meet the FSAS 2012 Salt Targets.
  • The salt content of the buttery, which is a traditional North East Scotland bakery product, was reduced by 25%.

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Last reviewed: 06 Jul 2015