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Marlow Foods says that Quorn, which it makes, is the world’s best-selling branded alternative to meat. Last year, Quorn Premiere burgers went on sale at McDonald’s after an agreement between the fast-food giant and Marlow Foods. Originally owned by Astra Zeneca, the pharmaceuticals giant, the firm was sold to Montagu Private Equity in 2003. Under the new owner, management has cut non-profit-making activities and is focusing on extending the Quorn range. The company’s profits have risen 86% a year from £1.1m in 2000 to £6.9m in 2003.

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Company details
Year2005
Rank14
CompanyMarlow Foods
ActivityFood maker
LocationNorth Yorkshire
Annual profit growth86.20%
Latest profits £000s6,946
Latest sales £000s75,213
Staff335
Founded1985
Websitewww.quorn.com

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