Originally founded in 1948, Perkins Foods was listed on the London Stock Exchange in 1990 but was taken private in 2001 with backing from ABN AMRO, after a disappointing share price performance. The company makes a wide range of ethnic ready meals, cooked meats and other chilled and frozen convenience foods. Expansion into Europe accounted for just over half of its sales of £397m in 2001, when the company employed 3,745 staff.
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