Gravy firm wins court fight

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GRAVY product manufacturer Goldenfry Foods of Wetherby has been awarded a High Court judgment in its favour against three former senior employees that misused trade secrets to gain a £5m contract to supply own-brand gravy granules to a national supermarket chain.

The three-year legal battle has resulted in a ruling which meant the former employees were facing a damages and costs claim in excess of £6m being awarded against them and the company they formed, Rotherham-based Frontier Foods.

However, technical director Malcolm Austin, customer service manager Paul Chapman and brands manager Rob Waddell will not be pursued individually and neither will Frontier Foods. Instead, Goldenfry has purchased the assets of Frontier Foods and ensured that Austin, Chapman and Waddell have agreed not to compete in the UK gravy products sector for a period of two years.