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During the pandemic this potato packer and grower donated extra produce to food banks, launched a recruitment drive and supplied Tesco with potatoes that ordinarily would have been reserved for restaurants and pubs. Founded in 1968, Branston handles about 350,000 tons of potatoes a year and supplies retail and wholesale customers from sites in Lincolnshire, Perthshire and Somerset. Under managing director James Truscott, 51, sales hit £152.5m last year. The business expanded into prepared dishes, including cheesy chips, in 2018.

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Company details
ActivityPotato packer
Sales £m152.5
Operating profit £m4.7
Main shareholdersJames Dean (21%), Chris Howard (20%), John Ward (11%), others (48%)

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