Company History

September 2008

  • ROCKS ORGANIC is named in Mintel Report as 6th largest of all Squash brands and leading Organic Squash brand in UK with sales at retail of £5.5 million.

May 2008

  • MERIDIAN is leading supplier of Natural & Organic Nut & Seed Butters to the Independent Health Food trade.
  • MERIDIAN brand sales top £5 million at retail.

March 2008

  • 3V GROUP sales pass £12 million for the first time.
  • September 2007
  • 3V NATURAL FOODS LIMITED acquires the MERIDIAN food production facility in Corwen, North Wales from Greencore plc.

August 2007

  • 3V NATURAL FOODS LIMITED formed by Neil Butler, James Ashton and Russell Smart.
  • MERIDIAN FOODS LIMITED ownership transferred to 3V.
  • 3V NATURAL FOODS LIMITED acquires ROCKS ORGANIC LIMITED from founder Hugh Rock.

September 2005

  • MERIDIAN FOODS LIMITED created, owned by Russell Smart, James Ashton and Neil Butler.
  • MERIDIAN brand acquired from Greencore plc by MERIDIAN FOODS LIMITED

April 2002

  • RASANCO AGRICULTURE formed by Russell Smart and Neil Butler to supply Organic Edible Oils and Expeller Animal Feeds.

April 2000

  • RASANCO CONSULTING formed by Russell Smart and James Ashton to manage Organic Ingredients supply chains on behalf of organic food exporters and importers.

April 1998

  • RASANCO LIMITED formed by Russell Smart to supply Organic Ingredients to food and drink manufacturers in the rapidly growing organic market.