Whitworths has been importing dried fruit and nuts since 1886 and says it is Britain’s biggest healthy snack business, importing 4,000 different items. In 2013, Equistone Partners Europe bought the Northamptonshire firm, valuing it at £90m. Peter Utting, 47, is chief executive.

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Company details
Year2014
Rank244
CompanyWhitworths
ActivityFood producer and distributor
LocationNorthamptonshire
Sales £m144.8
Operating profit £m7.6
Main shareholdersEquistone Partners Europe (74%), management (26%)
Staff373
Founded1886
Websitewww.whitworths.co.uk

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