This upmarket pet food manufacturer was set up in 2002. It now exports to 46 countries, with key markets including Europe, the US and the Asia-Pacific region. MPM’s brands Applaws, Encore and its newest launch Nature’s Calling — a cat litter made from recycled walnut shells — generated profits of £5.1m in 2016, under chief executive Julian Bambridge, 45. The private equity firm ECI acquired a majority stake in the business for £50m in March last year.
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