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Finsbury Food to acquire Johnstone’s Just Desserts

May 6, 2015
Consumer Packaged Goods
(StockMarketWire.com) – Finsbury Food Group has announced the proposed acquisition of the business, production assets, stock and customer list of Johnstone’s Just Desserts Ltd from administrators FRP Advisory. 
 
Johnstone’s, a supplier to the leading national coffee shop chains, produces cake, including its renowned caramel shortcake. Unaudited turnover for 2014 was £9m. 
 
Finsbury says this proposed acquisition signals the escalation of its entry into the foodservice cake channel and in particular the high growth national coffee shop segment. This is in line with the group’s channel diversification strategy, indicated at the recent acquisition of Fletcher’s in 2014. 
 
Completion of the acquisition is conditional on the finalisation of property lease details which both the Group and FRP are working on to complete as soon as possible. Finsbury will provide staff in relation to manufacturing and finance, to serve the purpose of ensuring a smooth integration process until completion 
 
Finsbury intends to work with the Johnstones management team at its existing site in East Kilbride to build on its strong customer relationships and market position and drive growth focusing on its high quality, well respected, coffee shop product ranges. All 150 employees will remain with the company.

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