Findus Group, formerly Foodvest, began in 1805 as Elizabeth Young’s whitebait stall in Greenwich, and is now one of Europe’s leading frozen and chilled-food groups. Its subsidiaries include Young’s, Findus and The Seafood Company. An estimated 20m people eat its products every week, and Findus claims that its Admiral’s Pie, which is made from Alaskan pollock, is the biggest-selling ready meal in Britain. Lion Capital backed a £1.1 billion buyout from Capvest in 2008 and sales, under chief executive Chris Britton, were £1,165m in 2009.
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