Ron Chalker (The Potato Man) LTD have established themselves as market leaders in the supply of fresh produce in the north of England. As well as being one of the main NHS approved suppliers delivering to Hospitals over the area, they are also one of the leading contractors of school meals in Lancashire, Yorkshire and North Wales.

The company are also a popular choice in the Pub/Bar and Restaurant industry. With their large and varied group of suppliers they are able to deliver high end products as well as the more common, everyday products. Their on-site manufacturing of prepared vegetables means that their customers are able to cut down on preparation times in busy kitchens, whilst still maintaining their own high standards of food and service.

With fresh produce arriving daily, quality is always kept to a high standard, which is why the company has seen continuous growth over the last 10 years!

Established in the late 1950's, Ron Chalker (The Potato Man) LTD. is a family run company distributing foods to the catering trade from the 80,000sq feet warehouse situated in Rochdale, 10 miles northeast of Manchester City Centre. The company deliver quality foods via a fleet of 18 recently renewed 7.5 ton wagons, all of which are fitted with the latest technology in refrigerated storage. Over the last few years the company has grown rapidly, and now deliver to areas as far as Bradford and Liverpool, and have gathered a name for being one of the leading food suppliers to schools and the NHS in the North of England.

Where it all began...
The Origins of Ron Chalker ("The Potato Man") Ltd goes back 55 years when Ron Chalker set up a small wholesaling business, with a strong emphasis on potatoes, operating in the Lancashire area. This business was particularly successful following the introduction of a van sales operation. Ron Chalker also purchased a small shop and before long this side of the business had expanded through demand for deliveries. Potatoes had always played a large part in shaping the company's trade and in 1966 Ron Chalker ("The Potato Man") Ltd was founded at Whitworth Road, Rochdale. Shortly after this Mr Chalker brought his two sons into the business and growing trade brought a move to larger premises in Stanhope Street which were subsequently amalgamated with premises at Heywood. When Roy left Rochdale to move to Bath, Robin took on board the role of Managing Director of Ron Chalker ("The Potato Man"). Now the business is run by John Chalker and his two children, Jonathan and Lauren. The former emphasis on fruit and vegetables wholesaling and gradually ch anged to refrigerated transport and storage of produce, including frozen, chilled and par fried chilled chips, salads and a broad range of fruit and vegetables. In line with this a rolling programme of investments in facilities has been carried out to place the company in the strong position it finds itself in today.

ISO 9001 is the internationally recognised standard for the quality management of businesses. Chalkers have been issued this certificate, and have to undergo inspection every six months to ensure that the high standards that this recognised certificate states are being maintained. Registration to ISO 9001 by an accredited certification body shows committed to quality, customers, and a willingness to work towards improving efficiency. It demonstrates the existence of an effective quality management system that satisfies the rigours of an independent, external audit.