Our History

Our Company History

In 1987, House of Lancaster was formed as a packing company to rework products for Freemans Confectionery, who were wholesaling biscuits and confectionery products.

The owners, Harry and Linda Freeman, eventually incorporated the wholesale business as Freemans Confectionery Supplies Ltd in 1993, and the company has since grown to be one of the country’s leading independent distributors of ambient food products.

House of Lancaster is now the largest dedicated packer of broken and mis-shaped biscuits in the UK, operating 5 days a week in a purpose built, modern packing facility of some 3000 square metres. Remedial work, stripping and repackaging is all carried out within the controls of an audited HACCP quality system to high standard, with full traceability.

Our cash and carry operation has grown along with the wholesale business, and occupies a convenient position at the front of the National Distribution Centre in Bloxwich, with ample parking for cars and vans.

Customers can call in and pick their own order, and then pay either by cash or with the convenience of a credit/debit card payment, and drive back to their premises with a huge selection of cut price goods to sell.

The next generation of the Freemans family now work in the business, the owners’ three sons, and their aim is to grow the business further, carrying on the entrepreneurial work of Harry Freeman.

Our Brands

We are very proud to be the sole appointed national distribution agents for the Huntley and Palmers range of biscuits. The new range of products was launched at the ISM in Cologne in 2009, and has grown steadily since then to include jaffa cakes, tea fingers, golden whirls, and our famous Huntley and Palmers Mini Dippers. These can be seen on our sister website, www.huntleyandpalmers.com , which has an on-line shopping facility for the general public. We also now have a range of fantastic Huntley and Palmers filled croissants, individually packed for convenience.

The House of Lancaster range includes 1.3 kg Broken Biscuits, and 1kg Luxury Chocolate Biscuits, probably the best known broken biscuit packs in the UK. We also pack and supply the famous Dunkables range of biscuit boxes and flow wrap packs and the Bentley Mill Biscuit Company range of discount biscuits packs.

The Lambert and Browne Fine Foods range, which has now expanded to include some grocery items, provides great quality products, at exceptionally keen prices.

Our tinned grocery lines are now available under the South Seas brand, and include tinned pineapple, and tinned sardines and tinned mackerel in a variety of sauces.

Lawsons Confectionery and Riley’s Sweets are our two main sweet brands, which offer an exciting range of sweets in vibrant, innovative, convenience packaging.