This firm was founded in Liverpool in the 19th century by the Vestey family but by the 1990s it was operating in all areas of the meat trade. Then, in 1995, two of its businesses collapsed, and the group sold its shipping interests. It now concentrates on food distribution, mainly through Angliss International, which has 30 subsidiaries in 17 countries. Chaired by Lord Vestey, the London group also owns cattle ranches in Brazil and Venezuela, but has recently had to cede two farms in Venezuela due to the Chavez govern- ment’s land-reform programme. Its sales were £482m in 2005.
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