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In 1911 the Vestey family pioneered the use of refrigerated ships to transport egg products from China to the bakery trade in Britain, America and continental Europe. Today its main business, with operations in 17 countries, supplies seafood, dairy products and meat to the retail, hotel, restaurant and wholesale sectors. The group also owns cattle farms in South America and a luxury-food distribution business. The chairman, Lord Vestey, is the fourth generation of his family to run the company, which had sales of £541.2m in 2009.

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Company details
CompanyVestey Group
ActivityFood distributor, farmer
LocationCentral London
Sales £m541.2
Operating profit £m4.8
Main shareholdersVestey family settlement (100%)

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