Ferndale supplies more than 2m ready meals a week to retailers, airlines and food service outlets. Supermarkets sell them under their own labels, as well as stocking its Genuine Food Company brand. The Somerset firm is family owned and chaired by founder John Bigwood, who saw sales rise 7% in 2011.

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Company details
Year2012
Rank238
CompanyFerndale Foods
ActivityReady-meals producer
LocationSomerset
Sales £m176.5
Operating profit £m7.2
Main shareholdersBigwood family (62%), S Harmer (38%)
Staff2,176
Founded1976

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