Chairman Eric Herd, 56, inherited Farmfoods from his father, who started the company as a meat distributor in Aberdeen in 1955. The firm has since expanded into a chain of more than 300 frozen-food stores. Although last year’s sales dipped slightly, profits rose 10% as the company became more efficient. Last December, Farmfoods acquired the Scottish haulage firm Link Logistics.

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Company details
Year2013
Rank11
CompanyFarmfoods
ActivityFrozen food retailer
LocationBirmingham
Sales £m569.3
Operating profit £m27.5
Main shareholdersEric Herd and family (94%), William McCreadie (6%)
Staff2,986
Founded1954
Websitewww.farmfoods.co.uk

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