From small beginnings in 1876, Warburtons has grown into Britain’s biggest baker. Famous for its quality sliced bread wrapped in waxy paper, the company has expanded its range of more than 60 products to include pancakes, pitta chips and crumpets. The business runs 13 bakeries around Britain, which together turn out more than 2m products a day. Chairman Jonathan Warburton is the fifth generation of his family to run the company, where sales dipped to £492.1m in 2010 but profits edged upwards to £43.9m.

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Company details
Year2011
Rank12
CompanyWarburtons
ActivityBaker
LocationBolton
Sales £m492.1
Operating profit £m43.9
Main shareholdersWarburton family (100%)
Staff4,831
Founded1876
Websitewww.warburtons.co.uk

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