Founded in 1783, this business sells commodities including sugar, molasses, animal feed, tropical oils and coffee. It was part of the alternative investment business Man Group until a management buyout in 2000, and is now owned by its 5,000 employees. ED&F Man has operations in 59 countries, and also runs a financial-services business, offering hedging and risk management services. Under chief executive Rafael Muguiro sales rose more than £50m to £211.4m in 2008.
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