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BFD deal saves 52 jobs.

WARRINGTON-based food distribution business BFD has been sold to JS Barton Food.

The deal, for an undisclosed sum, secures operations at the Gemini Business Park site in Warrington and secures 52 jobs.

Troubled BFD went into receivership on November 18 which resulted in the closure of its two other sites in Cheltenham and London.

JS Barton Food, including its British Chilled Direct division, has five operations throughout the UK and a pounds 60m turnover.

The company will distribute nationally from Warrington as it continues to service retail, wholesale and food services customers across the UK.

Joint receiver Tony Friar of KPMG Corporate Recovery said: `We are pleased to have completed such a rapid sale to J S Barton Food, which is excellent news for everyone connected with the Warrington business and we would like to thank everyone for their support during this time.

``The deal presents an excellent opportunity for J S Barton Food to develop the business as well as ensuring the continuity of service to BFD Group's existing client base.''
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Publication:Daily Post (Liverpool, England)
Date:Nov 29, 2002
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