Every Oat Counts
Right down to the very last grain
TRUSTED PRODUCERS OF GLUTEN-FREE SCOTTISH OATS
21st Century Oats
Generations of proven farming heritage, a commitment to responsibility and a truly progressive approach to technology are what make us who we are.
Oat Co. Scotland is built on generations of farming, shared family histories and a deep-rooted connection to the land. We are deeply invested in this place — it's where we grow our pure, gluten-free oats, it's where we process them and most importantly, it's home.
Our Community of Growers
Hand-picked by us to grow the best gluten-free oats
Responsible Farming is Regenerative Farming
As farmers, we are custodians of the land and its soil. Our families are committed to keeping our most precious resource healthy and fertile for the generations to come.
We achieve this through a truly caring, environmental approach to land management – including crop rotation, regenerative agricultural methods and providing space for animal habitats and wildlife corridors.
Taking every opportunity to minimise our carbon footprint and operate with maximum efficiency – our aim is balancing production with a genuine respect for the environment and embracing renewable energies where possible.
Andrew Booth & Deborah Booth
Farmers & Founders
The Booths are 4th generation farmers, having initially worked land on the outskirts of Aberdeen before moving to Savock Farms, near Foveran, in Aberdeenshire in the 1960s.
From strong farming stock, Andrew Booth worked the farm from a young age with his father and joined the family business full time in 1999 after graduating with a diploma in Agriculture and a post graduate degree in Farm Business Management.
Farming runs through the core of the Booth family and with decades of knowledge operating as a mixed arable and livestock farm, working and nurturing the land in a traditional fashion has stood Andrew and wife, Debbie, in good stead for launching and producing a range of exclusive gluten free oats.
The duo also has vast knowledge of the food industry, with experience in retail and wholesale meat production, so they recognised a niche opportunity to create a Scottish gluten free oat range and teamed up with the Russell family to grow the brand together.
Debbie joined the family business in 2003, and as an Accountancy graduate and a qualified chartered tax accountant, manages the finances for Savock Farms.
With Andrew’s farming background and Debbie’s savvy business head, the pair are — with their young family — a formidable husband and wife team, passionate about growing outstanding oats from the rich farming lands in the North East of Scotland.
Charlie Russell & Jillian Russell
FARMERS & FOUNDERS
Charlie and Jill Russell farm at Dams of Craigie Farm on the outskirts of Whitecairns, Aberdeenshire. They took over the ownership of the family farm from Charlie’s parents, Graham and Elizabeth, in 2008.
Initially the couple concentrated on growing organic oats and grass that supported beef cattle and sheep. However, they became increasingly concerned over the sustainability of their soil health and a farming business that was unable to replace and balance essential nutrients in their crop rotation.
In response to this, they evolved to a system of regenerative farming — concentrating on optimising growing gluten-free oats. They haven’t forgotten the lessons they learnt during the organic phases of the business, helping to eliminate non-essential herbicides and now they balance individual plant and animal needs to inputs.
Jill has farming blood in her veins — a farmer’s daughter from Easter Ross. She studied a degree in Agriculture at Edinburgh and a postgraduate diploma in Management Studies at Robert Gordon University, Aberdeen.
Charlie is the 4th generation of his family to farm at Dams of Craigie. He studied Rural Business Management and a postgraduate diploma in Farm Business Organisation Management at Aberdeen, and then Advanced Farm Business Management with the Worshipful Company of Farmers. Charlie is a Nuffield Scholar, an associate of Royal Agricultural Societies and a winner of the Farmers Weekly 'Farm Manager of the Year' and 'Farmer of the Year' awards.
Charlie and Jill live with their teenage family, who — along with their appetite for Oat Co. porridge — enjoy a variety of outdoor pursuits and sports.
With a fantastic pedigree, a wealth of knowledge and deep experience working in various areas of food processing — including fish, meat and eggs — for many years, Oat Co. Scotland’s Production Manager Ray has been part of the team from the early stages of developing the dedicated production site. His experience and technical knowledge of plant and processes has been invaluable in this development.
He is exceptionally thorough in all aspects of production and has been responsible for much of the NPD and adoption of processes to ensure that Oat Co. Scotland products exceed expectations at all times.
Ray is originally from Germany, although the North East of Scotland is very much home now for he and his family.