This food distribution giant was established in 1958 by three Brakes brothers to supply poultry to caterers. The Kent company claims it is Britain’s biggest food-distribution operation, supplying customers ranging from schools and hotels, to large caterers and service stations. Brakes also has a strong position in the French market. Bain Capital backed a £1.3 billion secondary buyout from Clayton, Dubilier & Rice in 2007, led by chief executive Frank McKay, beating a rival bid from former Asda boss Archie Norman. Sales topped £1,638m in 2006.

This profile reflects the company at time of publication and does not reflect any changes that may have subsequently occurred. Fast Track and its sponsors do not endorse, guarantee or recommend investment in any of the companies.

Company details
Year2008
Rank23
CompanyBrakes Group
ActivityFood distributor
LocationKent
Sales £m1,638
Profit £m109
Year endDec 06
Principal shareholdersBain Capital (80%), management (20%)
Staff8,638
Founded1958
Websitewww.brakesgroup.com

If applicable:

* Supplied by company † Annualised figure