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Best known for its Tribute ale, this brewer has produced more than 1.5bn pints of beer since it was founded in Cornwall in 1851. Still owned by descendants of founder Walter Hicks, it operates 33 managed pubs and hotels, as well as 145 tenanted and leased pubs. Led by chief executive James Staughton, 59, in 2016 it bought fellow West Country brewer Bath Ales to support its growth.

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Company details
CompanySt Austell Brewery
ActivityBrewery, pub-owner and hotelier
Sales £m169.3
Operating profit £m13.3
Main shareholdersHicks family (98%), others (2%)

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* supplied by Company   † annualised figure   ‡  profit = ebitda