Founded in 1968, this potato packer and grower handles about 350,000 tons of potatoes a year and supplies a range of retail and wholesale customers from sites in Lincolnshire, Perthshire and Somerset. Last year, managing director James Truscott, 49, invested £6m in grading machinery and a low-energy system that adjusts the temperature of the potatoes to the optimum level for pre-packing.

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Company details
Year2018
Rank221
CompanyBranston
ActivityPotato packer
LocationLincoln
Sales £m143
Operating profit £m6.6
Main shareholdersJames Dean (24%), Chris Howard (23%), John Ward (12%), others (31%)
Staff671
Founded1968
Websitewww.branston.com

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