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Weetabix was bought by the American private-equity firm HMTF last November, ending 70 years of control by the George family. HMTF paid £642m for the Northamptonshire company, which also makes Alpen and Weetos and is second only to Kellogg’s in UK market share. Annualised sales of £355m in 2002 remain the latest figures available.

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Company details
ActivityBreakfast cereal maker
Sales £m †355
Profit £m †39
Year endAug 02
Principal shareholdersHicks Muse Tate & Furst (100%)

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* Supplied by company † Annualised figure **Estimated