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James Averdieck got the inspiration for Gü when he was working in Brussels and saw housewives buying restaurant-quality desserts from patisseries. Targeting young middle-class urbanites, Gü’s first product was an oven-ready chocolate soufflé in a glass ramekin, made by Rensow Patisserie, which helped to found the business. Gü now sells 25 products through supermarkets such as Waitrose, Sainsbury’s, Tesco and Carrefour, and its more recent Frü fruity range accounts for a third of sales. The faux European name evoking gooey puddings and the distinctive packaging have helped to promote the brand. Sales grew 87% a year from an annualised £1.7m in 2004 to £11.3m in 2007.

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Company details
Year2007
Rank49
CompanyGü Chocolate Puds
ActivityPremium pudding maker
LocationWest London
Annual sales rise over 3 years87.20%
Latest sales £000s*11,335
Staff20
Founded2003
Websitewww.gupuds.com

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