Profits rise at Meadows Foods as business expands portfolio

Meadow Foods increased its pre-tax profits to £25.6m in the year to 31 March 2019, up from £22m in 2018.

The business, one of the UK’s largest independent dairies with around 650 farmer suppliers, also increased its turnover from £427m to £456m.

A statement from Meadow Foods said the growth was achieved by expanding its portfolio of food ingredients, including its acquisition of Roil Foods – a business manufacturing edible dairy-based oils.

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Earnings from liquid milk sales were steady year on year.

The business invested £6.8m to improve efficiency and increase capacity, and had committed another £8m for capital expenditure in the year ending 31 March 2020.

Positive results

Mark Chantler, chief executive, said it was a positive set of results, achieved in a challenging marketplace. 

“Our growth is primarily a result of an expanded product portfolio, targeted acquisitions and improved efficiencies,” he said.

“This strategy for growth will continue and is reflected in our recent acquisition of Nimbus Foods, which has allowed us to further diversify our portfolio and cement our position as a leading supplier of value-added ingredients.”

Added-value range

Meadow Foods has three processing sites across the UK and supplies more than 100,000 tonnes of dairy ingredients every year to food manufacturers and food service customers.

The product range includes sweetened condensed milk, chocolate crumb, butter oil, soft cheese, yoghurt, sour cream and creme fraiche.

Late last year, the business confirmed it had agreed to acquire Nimbus Foods, a supplier of decorations, toppings and inclusions (ingredients added to baked goods and confectionery to supply colour, flavour, texture and visual appeal).

But Meadow Foods also hit the headlines in July 2019 when it emerged that it had served 12-months’ notice on an unspecified number of its farmer suppliers, claiming they did not fit with their strategy.

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