Nairn’s Introduces its Best-Selling Gluten Free Snacks to the Industry at Vendex

Scott McPherson

Nairn’s oatcakes are as Scottish as Lorne sausage, malt whisky and The Edinburgh Tattoo. However, the company, which was established in 1896 when John and Sarah Nairn first opened their bakery in Strathaven, Lanarkshire, isn’t trading on its history. On the contrary, Nairn’s is a thoroughly modern business dedicated to providing discerning consumers with healthy, sustaining snacks.

Although the company has thrived for decades in the retail sector, it’s only in recent years that Nairn’s has entered into the fray of the foodservice channel and now – vending.

Vending is the perfect vehicle for the company’s burgeoning portfolio of snack products, the vast majority of which are gluten free and tick many buyer’s boxes.

Take Nairn’s Gluten Free Pop Oats, for example. This lunchbox sized, 20 g product is Schools compliant, HFFS complaint and NHS approved. It’s been enthusiastically listed by foodservice operators and you’ll find it in many of those locations in which vending machines are common: schools, universities and healthcare settings, for example.

‘People may be surprised to discover that we manufacture the Number One, best-selling gluten free sweet and savoury biscuits in the UK’, National Account Manager Scott McPherson said. ‘We’re new to the vending sector, and Vendex Midlands will be the first vending event at which we have exhibited. We’re attending because we believe that Nairn’s, and the UK’s highly professional vending operators, can help each other to achieve their goals.

‘…these products taste delicious and at the end of the day, that’s what it’s all about.’

Nairn'sWe know that the show is going to busy and people may have already identified which stands they want to visit, but I hope people make it onto our stand, because above all, these products taste delicious and at the end of the day, that’s what it’s all about.’

Nairn’s Gluten Free Mini Cheese Bakes are a case in point. ‘They’re baked with real cheese and wholegrain oats in a unique, gluten free format’, Scott said.


*You’ll find Scott and the team from Nairn’s on Stand 111 at the MK Dons Stadium.

*Get ready for Vendex – read Planet Vending





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