The Taylor family have been growing potatoes in the Cambridgeshire Fens since the 1800’s. The dark peaty Fenland soil on Willow Farm is excellent for good flavoured spuds that fry well. Ross and his father Basil built the crisp factory on the farm in 2010.
During the next 10 years the Taylor family and their workforce grew the brand; new flavours were developed and vegetable crisps joined the range. Corkers were awarded gold stars from the Great Taste Awards in 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2017, 2018 and 2019, which attests to how quickly they excelled at making delicious crisps.
In 2020 Corkers was flourishing as a business and were developing recyclable packets as a part of an ongoing environmental project. Sadly, many of Corkers’ Food Service customers closed with the arrival of the corona virus lockdown in March 2020, and then at the end of May there was a devastating fire at the Corkers factory.
The family and all the staff were shocked and upset by the damage, everyone was afraid that Corkers were lost forever. But the Taylors and the management team rallied in the days that followed and soon became completely focused on getting the business back on its feet.
It is going to be a huge task, but the Corkers team have been encouraged by the massive support that has come from the local community and Corkers customers from all over the UK and the world.
In a very short time Corkers have brought back their original range of crisps cooked in sunflower oil; Simply Sea Salt, Sea Salt & Cider Vinegar, Cheddar Cheese and Chive, Sweet Thai Chilli, Duck & Hoisin Sauce and Sea Salt & Black Pepper flavours. All are available directly for home delivery from the online shop at https://shop.corkerscrisps.co.uk/
Ross Taylor would like to thank everyone for the concern and the kindness that has been expressed in the aftermath of the fire.