About Us


John Howie Browning & his wife Margaret establish JH Browning and Sons in Wellbeck Street, Kilmarnock

Margaret White, daughter of John and Margaret joins the company focusing on their retail units 1964
Opened second shop with the bakery based below it at Hurlford Cross 1968
4 retail shops 1975
Bakery relocated 400 yards from Hurlford Cross to Galston Road 1977
John and Margaret’s grandson John Gall joins the company 1980
Relocated bakery to larger premises in Bonnyton Industrial Estate Kilmarnock... the present site. 1999

John Gall wins British Baker of the Year (still the only Scottish winner in 30 years)

First produced the Kilmarnock Pie

Brownings wins Outstanding Performing Business at the Ayrshire Business Awards


Brownings acquire Shorts the Bakers in Irvine along with 4 retail shops, increasing the number of shops to 12

Matthew Short joins as Technical and Financial Director


Brownings products supplied into a supermarket for the first time. 4 products supplied to 16 Aldi stores


Purchased the neighbouring factory in Bonnyton which became the Kilmarnock Pie Factory to free up space in the main bakery and to accommodate increased production of pies.

Pie Factory start supplying Spar with a range of savoury products distributed to their stores across Scotland.


Fraser Gall (John’s son) and 4th generation joins the business


Consolidated 12 shops to 8 with 5 in Kilmarnock, 2 in Irvine and 1 in Stewarton


Aberdeen Butteries win Great Taste Award


Kilmarnock Pie wins best pie in Scottish football.

Invested £1.5m extending the bakery, more than doubling the size and building foundations for future growth

Started supplying Waitrose and Tesco.

Aberdeen Butteries win Great Taste Award


Dotty Donuts range developed

Started supplying Scotmid


Brownings win the World Scotch Pie Championship picking up the ultimate accolade of best Scotch Pie in the world


Just under 200 staff, 13 vans, 8 shops, supply over 100 multiple retailers