Growers win spots in Sunday Times businesses chart

Two companies, a fresh-produce wholesaler and a firm with a salad facility, have landed places in a league table of Britain's top medium-sized businesses.

Fresca Group, an 885-staff group based in Paddock Wood, Kent, ranked 86th out of 250 companies. It supplies fresh produce to supermarkets and caterers.

The company, led by Christopher Mack, is developing Thanet Earth, a greenhouse the size of 70 football pitches. It boasts £9 million profits on sales of almost £300 million.

The annual Top Track table, published last week, is drawn up by the Sunday Times and HSBC. It ranks the top 250 medium-sized firms by sales.

Samworth Brothers, the supplier of Cornish pasties and pork pies, runs Saladworks, a base for mixing raw and cooked foods, which supplies Tesco and Waitrose.

The Leicestershire-based firm makes over £500 million in sales and profits of £37 million. It made the number-four slot on the Top Track league table.

Several food companies made the list, including Farmfoods in Glasgow, Capper & Co in South Wales and Henderson Group in Antrim.

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