This Chester company supplies manufacturers in sectors such as prepared foods, confectionery and ice cream with more than 100,000 tons of dairy ingredients each year. In 2016, US private equity firm Paine & Partners acquired a stake in the business for an undisclosed sum. Since then, chairman and former dairy farmer Simon Chantler, 59, has overseen two acquisitions: Fayrefield Liquids last year; dairy processor Roil Foods in February.

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Company details
Year2018
Rank32
CompanyMeadow Foods
ActivityDairy product producer
LocationChester
Sales £m427
Operating profit £m22
Main shareholdersExponent & co-investors
Staff273
Founded1992
Websitewww.meadowfoods.com

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