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Whitworths has been importing food since 1886 and says it is Britain’s leading supplier of dried fruits, nuts and seeds, importing 400 different items from all over the world for baking and snacking. Its brands include Frootz and Sunny Raisins. In 2013, Equistone Partners Europe bought the Northamptonshire firm, valuing it at £90m. Mark Fairweather, 53, is chief executive.

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Company details
ActivityFood producer and distributor
Sales £m†174.8
Operating profit £m†8.6
Main shareholdersEquistone Partners Europe (74%), management (26%)

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* supplied by Company   † annualised figure   ‡  profit = ebitda