In a nutshell: If you're talking pork, beef, chicken, turkey or lamb -- privately owned Grampian is the biggest processor of them all. With corporate offices in Aberdeen and operational headquarters in Leeds, it has a 25,000 staff and turns over a cool £1.8bn, making it one of the UK's largest food companies. It also makes a mean Haggis. The business is divided up into six business units: integrated chicken, convenience foods, pork, beef, lamb and transport.
History: Set up in 1980 at Banff in the north of Scotland by owner and chairman Fred Duncan, Grampian has grown from a small chicken processor to a leading supplier of meat products from pork sausages and cooked hams to bacon, breaded chicken and turkey drumsticks to the supermarkets, caterers, manufacturers, wholesalers and public sector. More than doubling in size over the last four years through a series of strategic acquisitions such as McIntosh Donald, St Merryn and Frontline Foods, Grampian is increasingly broadening its offer from primary meat to value added products and convenience foods in a bid to boost margins.
Brands you'd recognise: Mainly supplies own label products, but you'd recognise Hall's, Harris, Cookstown, Buxted, Highland Organics, Wee Willie Winkie and of course, Grampian.
The strategy: To be Europe's most profitable, innovative and admired meat-based food company. Well, two out of three isn't bad. Profits took a bit of a hit in the year to May 2004, but a new 'Fit for the Future' strategy is set to change all that in a bid to make Grampian a leaner, meaner organisation focused on operational excellence, manufacturing and supply chain efficiency and customer service.
Where you'd work: Grampian is a multinational food company with operations in the UK, Portugal, the Netherlands and Thailand.
Do say at interview: I can add some value to the humble chicken ...
Don't say at interview: So, you stretch from Banff to Bangkok?
Contact: 01224 696 113 http://www.gcfg.com.