Four wholesalers – Kitwave Group from North Shields, Enfield-based JJ Food Service, foodservice supplier Reynolds and London’s Elbrook C amp;C – have been ranked in the latest Sunday Times Top Track 250 league table, at 158, 167, 183 and 249 respectively.
The Top Track 250 list is published every year in the Sunday Times and ranks Britain’s top mid-market private companies by their turnover over the previous year, from published accounts.
This year’s Top Track 250 list generated operating profits of £4.4bn from sales of more than £70bn – equivalent to 4.3% of GDP. The majority of companies are family-owned or owned by an entrepreneur (JJ, Reynolds and Elbrook are 100% family owned, while Kitwave is 40% owned by private equity). Thanks to its beer exporting Features > Business, Elbrook also appears at No. 9 on the Sunday Times International Track 200.
Some well-known former Top Track 250 stars include Ocado, Harrods, Poundland, Dyson, Manchester United and Weetabix. Other food and grocery sector companies in the table included ice-cream maker R amp;R, baker Warburtons, international food distributor Argent Group, Pret A Manger, the Burton’s Biscuit Company, Direct Wines, Yeo Valley, William Jackson Food Group (owner of the Aunt Bessie’s brand, among others), ready meals specialist Ferndale Foods, discount retailer Heron Foods Group, DCS Group, grocery logistics specialist NFT Distribution, convenience foods manufacturer Symington’s and Baxter’s, of soup fame.