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Handful of food firms in Top 100

21 April 2010

Four companies, including dairy equipment manufacturer Fullwood & Bland were listed in the Top 30 of the Sunday Times' 'private firms with fastest-growing profits'

The Times' says its annual Profit Track 100 league table, now in its 11th year, ranks Britain's private companies with the fastest-growing profits over the past three years of their latest audited accounts. Companies had to be registered in the UK, independent, unquoted and ultimate holding companies.

Profits are defined as operating profit with directors' pay added back.

Top of the list for the food and beverage industry - and the only one in the Top 20 - was Shropshire-based dairy equipment manufacturer, Fullwood & Bland, which saw annual profit growth of 124.09%, and which celebrated its 225th anniversary in 2010.

Edward Fullwood founded the company, which has 617 staff, in 1785, making it the oldest firm on the list by a wide margin. Edward set sail from England for Jamaica leaving behind his brother, Matthew to establish an import and export company. The original site was in Clerkenwell, London before relocating to Ellesmere, Shropshire in the heart of the English dairy country.

Next up was Fridays, a free-range egg producer in Cranwell, Kent, which managed 24 on the list, with profit growth of 82.51%. Founded in 1950, it has a staff of 316. Fridays expanded during the '70s to supply boiled eggs and egg products to an added-value egg market in its infancy.

Herefordshire-based Velcourt, which says it's the largest independent producer of potatoes and sugar beet in Britain, had profit growth of 78.97%. It was founded in 1967 and has 120 staff. It made it to 27th place on the list, having been 85th last year.

Frozen food retailer Iceland slotted in fourth (and 29th overall), with growth of 77.88%. With a staff of 19,406 and with more than 3.5 million people holding Iceland loyalty cards, it was one of the bigger companies on the list.

Fifth was Seafood Holdings, a Hertfordshire fish and meat wholesaler with 58.05% growth, which says it counts chef Heston Blumenthal among its customers. Camerons Brewery was sixth (overall 53rd). This company, with 251 staff and profit growth of 58,02%, is based in Hartlepool and says it offers real-ale fans at least one guest beer a month.

Food distributor JJ Food Service, which claims to be the only frozen-food supplier to the House of Lords, came seventh of the food and beverage companies, and 72nd overall, while Tangerine Confectionery came eighth (82) and Butcher's Pet Care ninth (92).

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