HMS acquires Tom Walker & Sons cheese company

By Jim Cornall

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HMS has acquired Tom Walker & Sons cheese company in Stockton-on-Tees in the UK. Pic: Tom Walker & Sons
HMS has acquired Tom Walker & Sons cheese company in Stockton-on-Tees in the UK. Pic: Tom Walker & Sons

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HMS, the independently owned parent company of UK food ingredient distributors Kent Foods, BFP, Henley Bridge Ingredients, Garrett Ingredients and Bailey’s of Portsmouth, has acquired Tom Walker & Sons.

Founded in 1982, Tom Walker & Sons sources, cuts and packs cheese, handling a wide range of varieties (soft ripened, hard pressed and dairy-free alternatives) with the capabilities to transform these into diverse formats (including blocks, wedges, nets, variety packs and seasonal gifts). 

Tom Walker & Sons will continue to operate as a stand-alone business from its factory and offices on the outskirts of Stockton-on-Tees. The business will be headed up by Russell Eley, who will take over from the current managing director, Peter Walker, who along with the finance director, Pauline Chapman, is retiring.

Eley has held previous roles as head of commercial for UK retail at Norseland, as well as senior roles at Samworth Brothers and the Parkam Food Group.

Walker said, After 38 years since my family founded Tom Walker & Sons, I, along with Pauline, have decided to finally retire. When planning this, the key consideration for us was to make sure the business passed to an owner who would further develop the business whilst preserving the facility and employees here in Thorpe Leazes. So we are handing the baton over to a carefully chosen partner who shares TWS’ values - flexibility, quality and customer focus. I’ve no doubt that HMS is a great home for Tom Walker & Sons.”

Iain Dalglish, chairman of HMS, said, Tom Walker & Sons has an outstanding reputation and I’m delighted to welcome them into the HMS family.  It will remain an independent business with Russell and his management team given the freedom needed to take it from strength-to-strength.  Furthermore, as we’re not a cheese producer, Tom Walker & Sons will not be tied in any way and remains free to continue sourcing the best varieties from across the globe.  I know that Russell has exciting plans for the future – various initiatives that will build an even better customer experience and stronger platform for partnerships. HMS is looking forward to supporting these with our considerable resources.”

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