Founded in 1963, PD Hook’s four chick hatcheries produce more than 4m eggs every week. The Oxfordshire company also breeds and rears chicks, with a breeder base of 1.5m hens. Competition from imports has been made worse by the strong pound, but the acquisition of operations belonging to Premier Fresh Foods, Devon Crest Poultry and Buxted Chicken have boosted PD Hook’s profits 51% a year from £1.1m in 1998 to £3.8m in 2001.

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Company details
Year2003
Rank44
CompanyP D Hook
ActivityPoultry producer
LocationOxfordshire
Annual profit growth50.92%
Latest profits £000s3,767
Latest sales £000s40,161
Staff432
Founded1950
Websitewww.pdhook.co.uk

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