Food doesn’t get much more traditional than the pork pies and Cornish pasties made by Samworth Brothers, whose brands include Ginsters and Dickinson & Morris. Based in Melton Mowbray in Leicestershire, the company’s products, which also include sausages, ready meals and sandwiches, are sold through leading supermarkets and petrol stations. The family-owned firm is run by David and Mark Samworth and chief executive Brian Stein. Last year Patricia Hewitt, health secretary, commented that its factories were cleaner than hospitals. Sales rose £49m to £419m in 2004.

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Company details
CompanySamworth Brothers
ActivityFood producer
Sales £m419
Profit £m29
Year endDec 04
Principal shareholdersSamworth family trusts (100%)

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