Founded in 1885 by Reuben Rackham as flour millers, operating both water and steam driven mills at the Deben Mills site.
Rackhams have continued to expand and diversify, when the flour milling production finally ceased at Deben Mills in 1970 following the death of Mr Edward Rackham (One of Reuben's sons) who had carried on producing stone-ground wholemeal flour in the water powered mill long after the later steam powered roller mill had ceased operation, the production of animal feed for farm use was expanded.
From the early 1970's through to 1990, smallholders and farmers were the main customers for the animal feed production. Following the demise of the smaller commercial livestock farmers and closure of local
livestock markets, production of animal feed on the site ceased in 1990. Sales of horse, poultry, pig, sheep and goat feeds, together with pet foods and wild bird foods for the leisure market were rapidly expanded and this continues today alongside the fuel business, which now consists of solid fuel, including coal for open fires, smokeless fuels for multi-fuel appliances and open fires, wood pellets for bio-mass boilers, logs and kindling, bottled propane and butane gas, and domestic heating oil.
We became members of the Approved Coal Merchants Scheme in the 1960's and more recently joined the Approved Wood Fuel Merchant Scheme, complying with strict quality standards.
Quality salt products for water softeners, including tablets, granular and blocks have been sold for several years, together with turf, topsoil, compost and bark mulch for gardens.