This global food-trading group supplies meat and poultry, as well as fruit, juices, purées and honey. Founded in 1966 to import canned food, it has since built a network of 17 offices on four continents, with China now its largest export market. Under chief executive Phillip Wallace, 65, acquisitions of stakes in two Greek and Serbian frozen fruit and vegetable processors helped the company increase sales by 9% to £805.8m in 2014.

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Company details
CompanyLamex Food Group
ActivityFood importer and exporter
Sales £m806
Profit £m17
Year endMar 14
Principal shareholdersSteve Anderson (23%), Phillip Wallace (14%), Colin Dicker (13%), others (50%)

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