Our business began in 1982. Based out of Thorpe Leazes Farm near Stockton-on-Tees, the Walker family took the company from a small wholesaler and built it into a national supplier of cut cheese to the majority of UK multiples. We have grown over the years, expanding in different areas, to become industry specialists in cheese cutting, packing and distribution, offering a fully flexible service with bespoke solutions tailored to specific business needs.
Expansion has brought us to the point of natural succession for the Albex Group, who with its subsidiaries, are one of Europe's largest food ingredient distributors. As part of the Albex Group, we continue to build and with that, the co-packing operation has been expanded. This has allowed partnerships inside and outside of the cheese industry to flourish.
Integrity remains at the forefront of everything we do, upholding our reputation for industry expertise, reliability, and trust, ensuring we deliver on time, working to the highest possible commercial standards.
Starting out in wholesale, the business has progressed throughout the years under the ownership of the Walker family until it was acquired by the Albex Group in 2020. During this time it has accumulated considerable industry knowledge and expertise, whilst retaining its cultural values. Russell Eley was appointed Managing Director in the same year following the retirement of the Walker family directors, bringing with him over 30 years FMCG experience, further strengthening the team. The business has continued to thrive, building on existing relationships and partnerships, forging new ones and broadening its customer base.
The family ethos began with the Walkers and continues to underpin our business practices:
We consistently achieve BRCGS certification and are part of the unannounced programme. Our current awarded grade is AA+.
Member of Sedex
As a member of Sedex, we are committed to the constant improvement of ethical standards in the business. We follow the ETI Base Code for ethical sourcing.
Regular Unannounced Customer Audits
Independent audits are regularly carried out by customers. We continue to conform with and surpass requirements. We are currently certified to supply most UK multiple retailers.
We have always been conscious of our responsibilities to the environment - our woodland walk continues to grow and thrive, giving habitat to local wildlife and a peaceful rest area for staff.
We continue to support the national cheese industry and support local charities.
Interested in a career at Tom Walker & Sons?
We provide services for dairy product manufacturers, and retailers, facilitating projects and helping their brands succeed with our dedicated expertise and excellent standard of care.
We are specialists in flexible, low-volume contract food packing. We can create selection and gift packs, pack into branded packaging and re-pack bulk product into smaller units.
We stock a wide range of products; from continental to territorial cheese, blended cheese to snacking cheese. We have something to suit most business types and customer tastes.
We offer seasonal gift-packing and selections for a wide range of customers. We can work with you to offer bespoke packaging solutions to suit all briefs and consumer trends.
We are experienced in transforming projects from concepts to on-shelf reality with skill dedication and a drive to exceed expectations.
Contact us if you need industry expertise, packing solutions with a flexible approach or have a new project you’d like to discuss.