Founded in 1948, Perkins Foods was listed on the London Stock Exchange in 1990, but after a disappointing share-price performance was taken private in 2001 with backing led by ABN Amro. The company makes a wide range of ethnic ready meals, cooked meats and other convenience foods. Expansion onto the Continent accounted for just over half its sales of £375m in 2002, when the company employed 3,553 staff.
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