This food producer makes old-fashioned English snacks like Melton Mowbray pork pies and Cornish pasties through subsidiaries such as Ginsters, but it is keeping pace with the times, recently announcing a £1.7m investment in automated production and packaging machinery at its Cornwall plant. The company claims that continually improving its technology has trebled productivity over the past six years. Other subsidiaries produce sandwiches for retailers like Tesco. The family-owned firm is run by Mark Samworth and chief executive Brian Stein. Sales for 2005 rose to £462m.

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Company details
Year2007
Rank91
CompanySamworth Brothers
ActivityFood producer
LocationLeicestershire
Sales £m462
Profit £m39
Year endDec 05
Principal shareholdersSamworth family trusts (100%)
Staff5,385
Founded1896
Websitewww.samworthbrothers.co.uk

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