The humble Tunnock’s Caramel Wafer has become somewhat of a cult figure on Celtic Music Radio as Thank Folk It’s Fridays host Ross Macfadyen’s favourite snack.
Celtic Music Radio and Tunnocks have got together to offer you the chance to win a box of 48 Caramel Wafers.
The competition will run over the next few weeks on Thank Folk It’s Friday, with a box as the prize each week.
This week, Mary Kathleen Burke sits in as Ross is having a night off. Listen in from 8.00pm and Mary will pose this week’s question.
Email your answer to firstname.lastname@example.org by each Monday at 12 noon.
The winner will be chosen at random from the correct entries.
How do you create ever-popular biscuit products? Well, start with excellent ingredients. Add layers of ownership by the same, caring family. Then cover with a generous sprinkling of attention to detail and personal service.
This winning formula was initiated by Thomas Tunnock in 1890, after he paid £80 for a shop in Uddingston. Under the guidance of Thomas (and later his son, Archie), Tunnock’s operated only as bakers and purveyors of quality flour confectionery until the 1950s. This decade saw the emergence of four original speciality items: Caramel Wafers, Snowballs, Caramel Logs and Teacakes. Consequently, business boomed and factory extensions followed, the latest as recent as 2002.
The innovative management has always remained true to the original principles and is close to the local community. Indeed, it is funny how the more things change at Tunnock’s, the more they stay the same.
Equipped with cutting edge machinery, the Tunnock factory occupies around 250,000 sq ft. It produces all the quality elements required to create the famous Tunnock taste – the wafers, the caramel, the marshmallow and even the distinctive rich creamy chocolate. Today, this factory still stands 100 yards away from the site where Thomas Tunnock opened his first shop in 1890.
The coveted reputation acquired down through the years is still enjoyed by Tunnock’s today. Thanks to the efforts of 550 dedicated staff, who are determined to maintain the company’s enviable high standards. All this in a friendly family enviroment. No wonder the brand is sold internationally and nationwide by all the main supermarkets and cash & carry outlets.
The family-owned company is currently headed by Boyd Tunnock CBE, the founder’s grandson. This connection with the past is strengthened by the presence of Boyd’s daughters and son-in-law who all play a crucial role in managing the business.
Progressing from local nibbles to national institutions, Tunnock’s biscuit products have acquired the proud status of genuine Scottish icons.
To many, the Tunnock’s name evokes pleasant memories of their youth…that longed-for snack straight after school…that Granny treat on Sundays…and the desire not to waste a single crumb. On walks down memory lane, Scots often encounter a wafer, a snowball, a log or a teacake.
It’s a nostalgic taste of Scotland that not only thrills contemporary appetites, but industry judges, too. Winning Europe’s prestigious Candy Kettle Award recently was proof that Tunnock’s popularity is as potent as ever.
Tunnock’s biscuit products are more than a Scottish phenomenon. They’re in demand both over the border and overseas. They were first exported from Uddingston to Newfoundland, Canada, back in 1957.
Nowadays containerloads of product are shipped to destinations as far apart as the Caribbean, Kuwait, Canada and Japan. No matter the climate – hot or cold – Tunnock products have a universal appeal. Thirty plus countries across 6 continents just can’t resist their enduring flavour.
The future aim is to convert even more countries to these Scottish delights, giving a greater number of Scots abroad these special reminders of home.
Tunnock’s – A success in anyone’s language.
Tune into Thank Folk It’s Friday from 8pm for your chance to win a box of Tunnock’s Caramel Wafers!