This Southport-based company has had international success growing, packing and trading fresh produce for distributing throughout Europe. The business, which was founded in 1975 by husband-and-wife team Bernard and Joan O’Malley, claims to supply more than 600 European customers, including retail, food-service and catering businesses. The opening of new overseas branches, including in Northern Ireland, the Netherlands and Spain, has been an important factor in its recent international growth. Future plans include opening offices in Sweden and Russia. International sales have grown by 79% a year, from an annualised £5.3m in 2008 to £16.8m in 2010, under group managing director Tim O’Malley.
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