Hitchen Foods

Founded by Gerald Hitchen in 1961 to supply vegetables to schools, hospitals and caterers, this business only really took off when it started offering prepared products such as char-grilled Mediterranean vegetables and crunchy layered salads direct to supermarkets. The profits of the Wigan company have grown 26% a year from £1.8m in 1998 to £3.6m in 2001, when it had 510 employees.

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Company details
CompanyHitchen Foods
ActivityFresh-food supplier
Annual profit growth25.91%
Latest profits £000s3,614
Latest sales £000s26,786

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