Agricola Group, which trades as BOCM PAULS, makes feed for cattle, pigs and poultry. The company is now majority owned by directors and management, after a merger and then a management buyout in the late 1990s. Having recently acquired two feed businesses, GB Matthews & Co of Gillingham and Farm Feeds of Lancashire, it claims to produce 2.1m tonnes a year from its 16 mills. BOCM nearly doubled operating profits, to £8m, on sales of £405m in 2002, when it had 1,143 workers.
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