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Hot 100 2012 – 94: P&B Foods

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The basics

Company name: P&B Foods
What they do: Import, export, distributors of ethnic food
Headquarters: Bradford
The boss: The Patel family

The financials

Latest turnover (£,000): 28,366
Four-year compound sales growth (%): 30
Latest Ebitda (£,000): 2,777

The details

Based in Bradford, P&B Foods distributes ethnic and oriental food to cash and carries, wholesalers and independent foodshops. 

Turnover has grown from £22.3m to £28.37m the previous year, while profitability is up to £2.78 from £2.2m. 

Chandra Patel, whose father started the business in 1967, says that “there is no magic wand” to success. “We are just a very well managed business.” 

Much of it comes down to efficient stock management, which is appreciated by the company’s 1500 clients. P&B Foods has recently extended its 80,000 square food distribution centre. “We can take an order on Monday and deliver on Tuesday, where competitors will take a week to ten days. Out of 4000 SKUs we have 99 per cent stock availability,” says Patel.

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