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Food Manufacturers dominate inaugual Manufacturing 100 list

Yorkshire's well-known food and drink manufacturers have dominated the upper echelons of the inaugural Manufacturing 100.

The list champions Yorkshire's diverse manufacturing pedigree with furniture makers rubbing shoulders with steel producers and clothing manufacturers.

All four corners of the region are represented in the report, which is produced in partnership with manufacturers' organisation EEF. The table, out this week, ranks companies by their total sales.

The chart is headed by Boparan Holdings, the parent company for the 2 Sisters Food Group, which acquired Northern Foods in 2011. The Wakefield-registered business produces brands including Goodfellas pizza and Fox's biscuits.

Second in the table is Leeds-based Arla Foods, the wholesale dairy giant behind brands including Anchor, Lurpak and Cravendale. Arla announced plans to merge with Milk Link in May last year, in a deal creating the largest player in the UK's dairy market with combined turnover of £2bn.

The top ten also includes two well-known frozen food brands in Youngs Seafood and McCains, which sit seventh and eight in our rankings respectively.

According to EEF, manufacturers employ 279,000 people in the region and represent 12 per cent of Yorkshire's total output.

Elsewhere in the chart, R&R Ice Cream, acquired in one of the most eye-catching deals of the year, is placed at 34, while Daniels Chilled Foods, now part of US giant Hain Celestial, is at 31 and William Jackson, the business behind Aunt Bessie's Yorkshire puddings charts in 24th spot.

Stainless steel producer Outokumpu leads the way for South Yorkshire, sitting in fourth place, while gala names such as Sheffield Forgemasters International and Firth Fixson Metals are placed at 48 and 50 respectively.

Source: - 13 September 2013