Founded by James Man in 1783 as a sugar broker and barrel maker, this company kept the Royal Navy in rum for nearly 200 years. As well as sugar, the London company now trades coffee and other commodities, and also runs a brokerage business. In 2012, German sugar producer Südzucker acquired a 25% stake in the business, valuing it at $1bn, and in 2016 Südzucker increased its stake to 35%. In January, group chief executive Philip Howell, 59, led the acquisition of Kent-based pulses trader Maviga for an undisclosed sum.

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Company details
Year2017
Rank30
CompanyED & F Man
ActivityCommodities and logistics manager
LocationCentral London
Sales £m481.1
Operating profit £m126.9
Main shareholdersEmployees (65%), Südzucker AG (35%)
Staff6,885
Founded2000
Websitewww.edfman.com

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