Ferndale supplies more than 2m ready meals a week to retailers, airlines and food service outlets. It also supplies supermarkets such as Waitrose and Sainsbury’s with own-label products. The family-owned Somerset firm is chaired by founder John Bigwood, 69.

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Company details
Year2014
Rank140
CompanyFerndale Foods
ActivityReady-meals producer
LocationSomerset
Sales £m208.8
Operating profit £m7.5
Main shareholdersBigwood family (96%), S Harmer (4%)
Staff2,445
Founded1976

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