Founded in 1984 by Dr Alan Howard, this Northamptonshire company develops, manufactures and markets food for weight-loss programmes. Its products include shakes, soups, porridge and snack bars, which form nutritious calorie-controlled alternatives to regular meals. The company sells to distributors in Europe, Asia, the Middle East and Africa. Under managing director Eileen Skinner, who led a management buyout in 2005, international sales grew 48% a year from £4.3m in 2009 to £9.5m in 2011.
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