Supplying global brands with Thai poultry, US pork, Chinese honey and Greek peaches, this Hertfordshire food trader started as a canned-food importer in 1966. It operates 20 offices in 15 countries, including Holland, where it acquired meat supplier Liberty Holdings for an undisclosed sum in 2016. Sales rose to a record £1.2bn in 2018 — up 17%, overseen by chief executive Phil Wallace, 69.

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Company details
Year2019
Rank47
CompanyLamex Food Group
ActivityFood importer and exporter
LocationHertfordshire
Sales £m1,236
Profit £m23
Year endMar 18
Principal shareholdersPhil Wallace & family trusts (24%), Steve Anderson (24%), Colin Dicker & family trusts (16%), others (36%)
Staff483
Founded1966
Websitewww.lamexfoods.eu/

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