Top Track 250

Founded by James Man in 1783 as a sugar broker and barrel maker, this company kept the Royal Navy in rum for nearly 200 years. As well as sugar, the London company now trades coffee and other commodities, and also runs a brokerage business. In 2012, German sugar producer Südzucker acquired a 25% stake in the business, valuing it at $1bn, and in 2016 Südzucker increased its stake to 35%. In January, group chief executive Philip Howell, 59, led the acquisition of Kent-based pulses trader Maviga for an undisclosed sum.

This profile reflects the company at time of publication and does not reflect any changes that may have subsequently occurred. Fast Track and its sponsors do not endorse, guarantee or recommend investment in any of the companies.

Company details
CompanyED & F Man
ActivityCommodities and logistics manager
LocationCentral London
Sales £m481.1
Operating profit £m126.9
Main shareholdersEmployees (65%), Südzucker AG (35%)

If applicable:

* supplied by company   † annualised figure   ‡  profit = ebitda