Keeping fish on your dish is the aim of this Grimsby food producer, formed in 2002 when the private-equity firm Capvest backed the £137m management buyout of seafood supplier Young’s Bluecrest. Trading mainly through its Findus and Young’s Seafood subsidiaries, the company claims that it supplies 40% of the fish eaten in Britain. It recently paid a reported £1m to buy the Queen’s smoked-salmon supplier, Pinneys of Scotland. Lion Capital backed a £1.1 billion tertiary buyout from Capvest in September 2008. Chris Britton took over from Per Harkjaer as chief executive this month. Sales grew to £1,091m in 2008.

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Company details
Year2009
Rank36
CompanyFindus Group
ActivityFood producer
LocationCentral London
Sales £m †1,091
Profit £m †117
Year endSep 08
Principal shareholdersLion Capital, management
Staff6,569
Founded1805
Websitewww.findusgroup.com

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