Edward Billington gave his name to this Liverpool company in 1858, when he founded a sugar and coffee importer. Today the group’s interests are more diverse. Its subsidiaries include the English Provender Company, a condiment specialist, and Wholesome Sweeteners, which provides organic substitutes for sugar. Other subsidiaries include Criddle & Co, which sells ingredients for animal feed, and the agricultural supplier Carrs Billington Agriculture. Still family-owned, Edward Billington & Son achieved sales of £150.2m in 2006 under chairman Lloyd Whiteley.

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Company details
Year2007
Rank241
CompanyEdward Billington & Son
ActivityFood manufacturer
LocationLiverpool
Sales £m150.2
Operating profit £m3
Main shareholdersBillington family
Staff550
Founded1898
Websitewww.ebsgroup.co.uk

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