This family firm makes 300,000 tonnes of malt a year, with its agricultural trading arms — McCreath, Simpson & Prentice and John Guthrie — sourcing the raw material, barley. The malt is exported to food, whisky and beer manufacturers in Europe, North America and Australia, with international sales reaching £9.8m in 2014. The Berwick-upon-Tweed firm was founded by corn merchant James Parker Simpson in 1862, and today his great grandson Simon Simpson, 79, is chairman.
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