Headquartered in Dumfriesshire, this firm makes sliced cooked meat and fish products in five production facilities in Scotland and two in England. Customers include the big supermarkets, independent retailers, wholesalers and food-service companies. Founded in 1885 as a family butcher, Browns has grown by acquisition to comprise nine companies owned by the Godfrey family, offering produce that ranges from cured ham and smoked salmon to ready-made frozen meals, beefburgers and sausages. Overseas sales to Ireland, Gibraltar, Spain, Portugal, Italy and Malta now account for 13% of turnover and have grown 288% a year, from £737,000 in 2006 to £11.1m in 2008.
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