A contract caterer for the merchant shipping industry, Garrets orders and supplies food for vessels making voyages worldwide. Managing director Derrick Samms says his Essex company promotes healthier menus and the responsible sourcing of food – supplying sustainably caught fish, for example. Its latest initiative is an online cooking school to help chefs create healthy meals while at sea. International sales grew 53% a year, from £12.2m in 2009 to £28.5m in 2011. The company was recently acquired by GCP Capital for an undisclosed sum.
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