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The pandemic caused significant disruption to this fruit company’s supply chains, as airlines operating across all its routes were grounded. It got round the problem by boosting production at other sites. The business was founded by Anthony Pile, 73, who launched a fresh-fruit factory in Accra, Ghana in 1997. Today, the firm produces fresh-cut fruit and freshly squeezed juices from its facilities in Ghana, Egypt, South Africa, Brazil and the UK. In 2018, it launched a dairy-free ice cream range.

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Company details
Year2020
Rank205
CompanyBlue Skies
ActivityPrepared fruit manufacturer
LocationNorthamptonshire
Sales £m122.8*
Operating profit £m2.2*
Main shareholdersAnthony Pile (25%), Jenny Pile (25%), Bio M8 Ltd (20%), other (30%)
Staff4,769
Founded1998
Websitewww.blueskies.com

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* supplied by company   † annualised figure   ‡  profit = ebitda