Let’s Celebrate with Snowballs … and Tunnocks Teacakes

By | Nov 27, 2010

In 1890 Thomas Tunnock paid £80 for a shop in Uddingston, Lanarkshire. Initially producing general bakery products, the Tunnocks firm created a range of biscuit confectionary including the famous Tunnocks Teacake in the 1950′s that were to become favourites in Scotland and in 36 countries around the world. This year marks the 120th anniversary of Tunnocks.

tunnocks snowballs scotlandTunnocks Teacakes, Tunnocks Snowballs and Tunnock’s Caramel Wafers form part of many Scots’ childhood memories. A visit to relatives, Sunday afternoon teas and packed lunches or picnics were never quite complete without the addition of at least one Tunnock’s product. These childhood favourites continue their popularity on into adult life which probably explains why more than 10 million biscuits are produced at the factory each week with many exported to countries such as Kuwait, Japan, Canada and the Caribbean.

The 120th anniversary coincides with Scotland’s 2010 Year of Food and Drink, which celebrates the Scotland’s larder with a 12 month programme of events. First Minister Alex Salmond visited Scottish biscuit maker Tunnock’s to help staff mark the 120th anniversary of the family-run firm. Mr Salmond toured the factory, met staff and viewed the production lines that makes Scotland’s favourite Tunnocks teacakes, caramel wafers, and snowballs.

Mr Salmond said: “This year the family business celebrates its 120th anniversary and I am delighted to help mark this milestone in Tunnock’s long and proud history. The company employs more than 550 people, produces more than 10 million biscuits each week, and exports its products to more than 30 countries. This year marks Scotland’s Year of Food and Drink and Tunnock’s is one of the many brands that have helped to secure Scotland’s international reputation as a land of delicious, quality produce.”

Tunnock’s managing director, Boyd Tunnock ,said: “I am delighted that the First Minister is visiting our factory. This year we have installed a new caramel wafer wrapping line and a robot packing line for teacakes at a cost of £4 million, all to satisfy our customers worldwide.”

And to celebrate … well, it has to be a cup of tea and a Tunnocks Teacake.

2 Comments so far
  1. Sandra E. Graham April 25, 2011 5:15 am

    I would like to place a small order of snowballs because I can not find anywhere in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada to buy them. There used to be a few places that sold them. Your assistance is appreciated.


  2. Joseph Grech January 17, 2013 10:19 pm

    We used to inport many years ago your products to Malta, especialy the IMP WAFERS etc.

    Kindly email by return if interested in business relations

    Joseph Grech

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