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The people behind potatoes

From Walkers’ founding father to our friendly supply farmers, people are the secret to our success.

Henry walker
King of crisps

In 1948, a local butcher named Henry Walker began to sell hand-sliced potato crisps to the lucky people of Leicester. Several million spuds later, Walkers became a pioneer in the world of flavoured crisps, introducing original combinations inspired by Britain’s favourite foods.

Spot the supplier

Our precious produce comes from 80 different British farms, from Land’s End to the Scottish Highlands. Take a look at our map of suppliers to find a farm near you.

Meet Mike

Where: North Yorkshire
Grows: Potatoes, potatoes and more potatoes
Favourite snack: Anything made from the VR808 variety of potato

Mike has been working for his family business coordinating farmers who supply Walkers with potatoes for the last 30 years. The business has been supplying Walkers crisps families for over 50 years.

We are always looking to find new potato varieties which help us to become more sustainable, using fewer inputs, increasing the yields and improving the quality.

Meet Martin

Where: West Cornwall
Grows: Potatoes and cereals
Favourite snack: Salt & Vinegar Crisps

Martin’s farm has been in the family for 3 generations. Together with his family, they’ve been growing potatoes for crisps production for nearly 40 years with the majority going to Walkers factories.

Walkers are market leaders in their field and are always first to come to Cornwall for the new season potatoes as soon as they are ready.

Meet Stephen

Where: Doncaster
Grows: Wheat, barley, beans, maize, potatoes and carrots
Favourite snack: Cheese & Onion Crisps

Stephen is the third generation of his family to run the farm, which is powered almost completely by renewable energy from a wind turbine and solar panels on site.

I’m passionate about the environment, wildlife and conservation, setting aside 5% of the farmland for wildlife habitats.

Fresh Taste

Founded in 1948 by Henry Walker, we’ve put unbeatable quality at the heart of everything we do for over 70 years…

We harvest the finest potatoes from farms all over Britain – and when they reach our factory, they’re floated out of the truck to keep them in perfect nick.

Our spuds are washed, peeled, sliced and cooked to give them that golden glow, and seasoned whilst warm with our famous flavours!

We’re aiming for potato perfection, so we run taste tests six times a day. And for you to enjoy the great Walkers taste, we use protective packets to lock in freshness, so your crisps taste as good as they day they were cooked… that’s the Walkers guarantee.