Founded in 1958, Brakes has expanded rapidly since it was acquired by Bain Capital, which bought a majority stake from Clayton, Dubilier & Rice in 2007 for £1.3bn. The company supplies groceries and chilled and frozen food, as well as kitchen equipment to the catering industry. It refinanced £900m of debt in December, giving it room to invest in converting depots to multi-temperature facilities and upgrade its IT systems. Ken McMeikan, 48, former boss at the high-street baker Greggs, became chief executive in April to lead the expansion.

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Company details
Year2013
Rank11
CompanyBrakes Group
ActivityFood distributor
LocationKent
Sales £m*2,898
Profit £m*129
Year endDec 12
Principal shareholdersBain Capital, management
Staff10,080
Founded1958
Websitewww.brakesgroup.com

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