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This Belfast firm was founded in 1896 as a grain merchant, but now also has interests in oils and molasses as well as packaging, animal feeds, storage and horse breeding. Sales grew 10% last year to £1.4bn, helped by poor weather in 2018 that pushed up demand — and prices — for its agricultural commodities. However, in April it reported trading activity had weakened. The fourthgeneration family-owned company is chaired by Robert Barnett, 76. His son, William, 43, is chief executive.

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Company details
Year2020
Rank48
CompanyW&R Barnett
ActivityConglomerate
LocationBelfast
Sales £m1,355
Profit £m69
Year endJul 19
Principal shareholdersRobert Barnett and family (100%)
Staff1,613
Founded1896
Websitewww.wrbarnett.com

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