This family-owned firm makes almost 300,000 tons 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 markets such as Europe and North America, with international sales of £9.7m in 2013. Based in Berwick-upon-Tweed, the firm was founded by corn merchant James Parker Simpson in 1862, and today his great-grandson Simon Simpson, 78, is chairman.
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