The league table details Britain’s mid-market private companies with the fastest-growing international sales, measured over their latest two years of available accounts.
Fruit grower and distributor Jupiter Group claimed 17th place on the list – the highest position of any food chain business. The Shropshire company was launched in 2003 and achieved export sales of £46.5m last year, an average annual increase of 122%, helped by its 2018 acquisition of South African company Bonaire.
International bakery supplier St Pierre Groupe was next highest, in 36th place, exhibiting average annual export growth of just over 81%. The Manchester-based company supplies European bakery products into the UK, Ireland and worldwide export markets via multiple retail, convenience and wholesale channels. Its brands include St Pierre, Baker Street and Paul Hollywood.
“Our business is thriving; not only because of our award-winning team – both here in Manchester and America – but because we do things differently,” said St Pierre Groupe founder Jeremy Gilboy.
Compostable packaging firm Vegware
Following swiftly on St Pierre Groupe’s heels in the 37th spot is Edinburgh-based compostable packaging firm Vegware, which claims an almost identical rise in average annual international sales. The company supplies eco-friendly cutlery, coffee cups and thermal bags to keep toasties warm, using plant-based materials including sugar cane and claims a bigger export sales rise than any other Scottish firm.
Craft brewery brand BrewDog comes next in 47th place. International sales hit £39.3m in 2018 and last year the firm launched a crowdfunding campaign to pay for a new US distillery. Over the past two years, its annual international sales growth averaged 71.47%.
Two-year av export sales growth p.a. (%)
Export sales (£m)
St Pierre Groupe
Slush Puppie UK
Euro Food Brands
Edge Worldwide Logistics
Lincoln & York
County Milk Products
Source: The Sunday Times International Track 200
Next up is wine distributor Off-Piste Wines. Founded in 2006 by joint chief executives Anthony Fairbank, 56, and Paul Letheren, 52, it supplies Tesco, Spar and the Scandinavian retailer Alko, among others. Rising demand in Europe drove exports to £2.9m last year, under managing director Andy Talbot, 40 and the business boasts average annual international sales of 64% over the past two years.
Next, in 66th place is frozen drinks distributor Slush Puppie UK, which is based in High Wycombe and claims average annual export sales growth of 60%.
Food ingredients supplier Silbury
Food and drink distributor Euro Food Brands, working out of its Northampton headquarters, slots into 89th place, with export sales up 50.82%. The company is the sole UK and Ireland distributor of international food brands such as Hershey’s chocolate and Barilla pasta.
Food ingredients supplier Silbury, which produces pizza ingredients such as tomato paste, oils and meat toppings and has its headquarters in Banbury, Oxfordshire, is in 91st place. It claims average annual export sales up just over 50%.
Salford-based logistics broker Edge Worldwide Logistics, which includes food retailer Iceland within its customer portfolio, lands in 93rd place, chalking up a 50% increase in annual export sales.
Sports nutrition brand Grenade nails an explosive 97th position on the table, achieving the tenth highest annual export growth delivered by a food chain business – just shy of 49%.