This family firm makes 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 used in food, whisky and beer. The company, based in Berwick-upon- Tweed, was founded by corn merchant James Parker Simpson in 1862, and today his great-grandson Simon Simpson, 80, is its chairman.
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