Supplying global brands with Chinese honey, Indian shrimps and South American fruit juices, this Hertfordshire food trader started as a canned-food importer in 1966. It now operates 19 offices in 14 countries, including Holland, where it bought meat supplier Liberty Holdings for an undisclosed sum in 2016. Chief executive Phil Wallace, 68, has overseen a 28% increase in turnover to £1.1bn in 2017.

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Company details
Year2018
Rank55
CompanyLamex Food Group
ActivityFood importer and exporter
LocationHertfordshire
Sales £m1,061
Profit £m21
Year endMar 17
Principal shareholdersPhil Wallace & family trusts (24%), Steve Anderson (24%), Colin Dicker & family trusts (16%), others (36%)
Staff438
Founded1966
Websitewww.lamexfoods.eu/

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