Celebrating its bicentenary this year, Bibby Line says it is the world’s oldest privately held ship-owner, with a pedigree of shipping spices and silk from Burma and Ceylon. Tough times in the 1970s and 1980s propelled its diversification into financial services and logistics. Customers of its foodand- drink distribution arm include Kellogg’s and J Sainsbury. The Liverpool firm remains in family hands under Sir Michael Bibby. Sales reached £337.4m in 2006.
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