This Oxfordshire business has seen its industry change beyond all recognition in the half century it has been farming. With divisions focusing on hatching, rearing and breeding chicks, P D Hook can hatch more than 5m a week. The company provides day-old chicks and chickens, including the Oakham and Willow brands, which are supplied to retailers such as Tesco and Marks & Spencer. Still family-owned, the company achieved sales of £174.1m in 2005 under chairman James Hook.
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