Peek Freans was founded in London, England in 1857. The name is a combination of the surnames of its founders: James Peek and George Hender Frean. In about 1920, Peek, Frean & Company Limited merged with its major competitor, Huntley & Palmers, to become Associated Biscuit Manufacturing Ltd. The first shipments of Peek Freans biscuits to Canada started in the 1870s and production in Canada began in 1949. Peek Freans are still made in Canada.