Findus began in 1805 as a whitebait stall in Greenwich, London, and is now one of Europe’s biggest frozen and chilled-food groups, with subsidiaries including Young’s. Led by chief executive James Hill, 54, it has been making strategic acquisitions in Europe, including the purchase of Spanish frozen ready meals brand La Cocinera from Nestlé in January and a 2014 deal to buy Belgian frozen potato brand Lutosa, both for undisclosed sums. Findus is in talks with Nomad Holdings over a sale of its continental businesses.

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Company details
Year2015
Rank46
CompanyFindus Group
ActivityFood producer
LocationCentral London
Sales £m1,110
Profit £m88
Year endSep 14
Principal shareholdersLion Capital (33%), Highbridge (33%), Sankaty (30%), others (4%)
Staff4,450
Founded1805
Websitewww.findusgroup.com

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