This Kent family firm supplies fresh fruit to customers, such as Sainsbury’s, through brands that include Chingford Fruit, CPM and Grapes Direct. Its Spanish subsidiary, Soloberry, and the development of new varieties of soft fruit helped drive group international sales — mostly to Europe — to £37.3m in 2016. The business was founded in 1970 and is run by chairman Leon Aichen, 76.

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Company details
Year2017
Rank70
CompanyAG Thames
ActivityFruit importer and distributor
LocationKent
2-yr av intl sales growth pa59.30%
International sales £000s*37,282
Total sales £000s*260,221
Staff459
Founded1970
Websitewww.chingfordfruit.co.uk

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