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Although this family firm has been milling flour since 1886, it has been at the forefront of new heat-treatment technology allowing it to naturally modify wheat flour, and last year opened a £1.2m quality and innovation centre at its Northamptonshire headquarters. Led by chairman Martin George, 72, the group restructured in 2013, and all commonly-owned companies were merged into the same entity.

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Company details
CompanyWhitworth Bros
ActivityFlour miller
Sales £m261.9
Operating profit £m7.4
Main shareholdersMartin George and family (100%)

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