Lambrini is the best-selling product of Merseyside alcoholic drinks maker Halewood International, with 20m bottles of the pear-based beverage bought each year. It sells its products, including Crabbie’s Alcoholic Ginger Beer, to 40 countries, and the firm is also UK distributor of Chinese beer Tsingtao and Lamb’s Navy Rum. The company was founded by John Halewood in 1978 and, following his death last October, is now chaired by his wife, Judy. Focusing on more efficient production and higher- margin products has helped profits to grow 71% a year, from £3.5m in 2008 to £17.6m in 2011.

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Company details
Year2012
Rank41
CompanyHalewood Wines and Spirits
ActivityAlcoholic drinks maker
LocationLiverpool
Annual profit growth70.76%
Latest profits £000s17,636
Latest sales £000s264,355
Staff1,020
Founded1978
Websitewww.halewood-int.com

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