Walkers was founded in 1948 in Leicester by a local butcher called Henry Walker. Amid post war rationing, Henry Walker, saw his factory output drop dramatically. His company Walkers & Son, started looking at alternative products. Potato crisps were becoming increasingly popular with the public, so he decided to shift the company focus and began hand-slicing and frying potatoes to make crisps. The crisps were sprinkled with salt and sold at threepence a bag.
In 1982 Walkers opened the largest crisp production plant in the world in Leicester. It has grown over the years and continues to be the world’s largest. Walkers was bought by PepsiCo in 1989. PepsiCo UK employs more than 1,000 people in Leicester and about 2,700 across the entire snacks business.
Walkers sends zero waste to landfill from its manufacturing sites. The company uses an anaerobic digestor in Leicester for the potato and other food waste and then uses the electricity it generates on site.