This Somerset dairy sells to 30 countries and claims to be the No 1 exporter of English cheddar into the US. Founded in 1833, the company calls itself the oldest surviving cheddar maker in the world and recently won a global award for its mature cheddar. Barber’s is run by fifth-generation family members Paul and Nicholas Barber, both 73. International sales, excluding a whey protein joint venture, hit £11.8m in 2015.

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Company details
Year2016
Rank194
CompanyBarber’s
ActivityCheesemaker
LocationSomerset
2-yr av intl sales growth pa17.02%
International sales £000s11,757
Total sales £000s90,464
Staff257
Founded1833
Websitewww.barbers.co.uk

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