It is important to us that we support local home grown producers and their products:
Bigton Farm - Jim Budge potatoes
The Southern part of Shetland is one of the most arable areas in Shetland and famous for its two main potatoes, “Shetland Roosters” and “Ness tatties”. The unique mix of quality Shetland soil combined with sand from St Ninian’s Isle give the Bigton farm potatoes a taste of their own, incomparable to its mainland cousin.
We use Bigton Farm’s potatoes, not only because of quality but also to help and assist local growers in what continues to be a very challenging market. The local supply chain is a vital component of any food service contract we manage to obtain.
Alison Duncan potatoes
Mr Duncan, a well-known local personality, takes great pride in growing his famous Shetland Record potatoes. The record tattie is probably the best-known potato in Shetland and is used locally by housewives feeding their families right through to the larger catering accounts. Available in 50kilo bags at J.W. Gray & Co.
Blydoit Fish are fishermen, processors, wholesalers and retailers, and have two fish shops and a processing unit, as well as their own trawler "The Mizpah". Their location right at the heart of Europe's finest fishing grounds puts them in the right position to supply the finest quality fish, day in, and day out, all year round. Some of the world’s best natural seafood and organic farmed fish in Europe comes from Shetland.
At J.W. Gray & Co we use Blydoit fish in our local supply chain to provide quality locally caught and processed fish products.
Their business model is very unique in that most of their produce is caught and supplied by their own 87ft whitefish trawler "Mizpah". This gives us peace of mind that we are supplying a great fresh local product 365 days per year.
McNabs Fish Merchants
In the later part of the 19th Century, Mrs Rita McNab travelled from the North East coast to Shetland, settling in Lerwick and starting her own fish merchant business. Today her son and daughter run the family business, with a passion for locally caught produce. The company specialises in diversification and is famous for its modern variants on smoked fish including Hot Chilli Smoked Mackerel and Sweet Smoked Shetland Salmon.
McNab’s shellfish is legendary in Shetland. With a wealth of local producers and catchers to tap into the company can assure a premier quality range of produce throughout the year. Ranging from:
- Locally caught langoustines
- Fresh local Shetland mussels
- Locally caught king scallops
- Locally caught queens scallops
- Locally caught lobster
- Locally caught brown crab
Hjatland Salmon Products
Grieg Seafood Hjaltland UK Ltd produces superior quality Scottish salmon from Shetland for customers throughout the world. They are Shetland’s leading Scottish salmon producer. Their superior Scottish salmon products include a range of cuts and trims tailored specifically to their customers’ requirements and supplied fresh or deep-frozen.
Eric Graham (Shetland Lamb)
The classic native bred hill lamb from Eric Graham is tender and succulent with a delicate, slightly sweet flavour, the naturally lean quality of the meat is attained from the animals foraging over the Gremista farm’s vast and remote heathery hills. Only available from September until December, Eric’s Hill lamb has to be tasted to appreciate its true distinction.
It is no secret that the smaller dairies are struggling all over the country and it is very important for us to support the local dairy on Shetland as much as possible, safeguarding jobs on the islands. With this in mind, all milk supplied to Shetland from J W Gray comes from the Shetland Dairy.
The remaining dairy farms in Shetland today each have a share allocation equating to their individual quota holding, and a seat on the Board of Directors at the Shetland Dairy. Daily collection from the farms ensures that milk is always fresh. Samples are taken from each farm, and at various points throughout processing, and are tested at our own laboratory and at the Scottish Milk Labs in Paisley. Test results and farm hygiene audits form part of a quality monitoring process to maintain the high standard of local milk available from the dairy.
Day to day running of the operation is the responsibility of manager Gerry Byers who has a wealth of experience in running dairies in both the UK and Ireland.
Products Supplied to OUR ORKNEY & SHETLAND CUSTOMER BASE
On average 96 per cent fat free. That's about 4g of fat in a 100ml serving. For a power breakfast try blending 200ml of whole milk, half a large banana, and a pinch of cinnamon in a liquidiser until smooth. A high-energy start to the day.
98 per cent fat free. The popular low calorie option in the green packaging. Slightly more calcium in this one, but only 95 kcal per 200ml glass, compared to 136 kcal in whole milk.
Containing less than 0.1 per cent fat, this version for weight watchers is virtually fat free, yet still contains all the minerals and vitamins found in the other versions.
Located in the picturesque village of Voe Shetland is the famous Voe Bakery specialising in traditional Shetland bannocks as well as producing bread, rolls, scones, biscuits, pies, savouries, sponges and fancies. Specialist requests are also catered for by Voe Bakery.
Established in 1885, the Skibhoul bakery is situated at the head of Balta Sound, next to the Post Office in Unst. Skibhoul bread and rolls are freshly baked from Monday-Friday, using traditional methods which give a distinctive flavour much sought after. Daily specialities include Pies and oatmeal biscuits.
- Oceanic oatcakes (wheat-free, additive-free)
- Ships biscuits
- Sweet oatmeal biscuits
- Cocktail oceanic oatcakes
- Standard oceanic oatcakes
- Bread, rolls, scones
J.W.Gray is proud to announce that we are sole distributors of the fantastic Shetland Reel Gin. A quality local product distilled on Shetland's most northerly isle, Unst. To find out more, please contact your local depot.
Sitting on the latitude line of 60° North the Lerwick Brewery has a unique location which provides a consistent climate where winters are mild and summers cool. The regular humidity together with plentiful clear water and crisp fresh air provides the vital ingredients to brew beer with individual character and a unique dimension. Creating beers with a little positive Lerwick attitude.
Stewarts Rum is described as “the first choice” in Shetland. It is a great tasting traditional rum and a favourite throughout the isles.
North Sea Zetland Range
Great value Shetland themed spirits that are exclusive to J.W. Gray & Co.
Zetland North Sea Whisky
40% vol, 1 litre size, extra smooth whisky made from the finest blended Scotch.
Zetland North Sea Gin
37.5% vol, 1 litre size, this pure spirit is blended with extracts of juniper berries, spices, fruit and herbs to provide a smooth round traditional flavour.
Zetland North Sea Brandy
36% vol, 1 litre size, this brandy produced in france has a clean light bouquet with a warm spicy fruit flavour with a hint of vanilla.
Zetland North Sea Vodka
37.5% vol, 1 litre size, a premium quality vodka distilled in Ayrshire exclusively for Zetland Bond.