Founded in 1991, this Leeds company makes savoury rice and pasta products for supermarkets’ own-label ranges, and its own brands include Mug Shot pasta snacks and Ainsley Harriott couscous, risotto and cup soup. In 2012, chief executive David Salkeld, 58, led a secondary buyout of the group backed by private equity firm ICG, which invested £72m for a majority stake.

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Company details
ActivityConvenience foods manufacturer
Sales £m167.9
Operating profit £m7.4
Main shareholdersIntermediate Capital Group (>50%), management (<50%)

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