Friends Neil Butler, 53, Russell Smart 53, and James Ashton, 54, set up this Hampshire company in 2007. It owns Meridian, which makes natural nut butters and health bars, and Rocks, which produces organic cordials and fruit drinks. 3V sells its British-made products in 19 countries, from Norway to Japan, with strong growth in Ireland boosting exports to £3.4m in 2016.
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