Burton’s Biscuit Company buys Scottish firm Paterson Arran
Burton’s Biscuit Company has acquired Scottish business Paterson Arran as it increases its presence in the foodservice sector.
The deal includes the Paterson’s shortbread as well as foodservice biscuit and chutney brands, Brontë, Café Brontë and Arran Fine Foods.
Paterson Arran employs around 200 people and runs two production facilities: the Royal Burgh Bakery in Livingston, West Lothian, which produces shortbread, oatcakes, biscuits and cookies; and the Old Mill, Lamlash, Isle of Arran, which primarily makes a range of chutneys, mustards and preserves.
“Paterson Arran is a superb business with a first-rate product portfolio and baking expertise which combines time-honoured methods with the very latest technology to make outstanding products,” said Nick Field, Burton’s Biscuit Company CEO.
“The acquisition is a further indication of our intent to increase our production capability, to extend our product offering and to continue growing our presence in the biscuit market.
“The move not only strengthens our branded proposition, Paterson Arran’s strength in foodservice and portion packing also unlocks significant new trading opportunities for our existing product portfolio. We’ll be looking to enhance the company’s presence in this sector, building on what is undoubtedly a leading capability in this market.”
Retiring Paterson Arran chairman Alan Hardie added: “I am honoured to have been at the helm of this great company for the last 25 years and am equally as excited about what the future holds.
“Paterson Arran and Burton’s have shared values of a commitment to baking excellence and to producing top quality, great-tasting products. Everyone associated with them can be extremely proud.”
Earlier this year, Burton’s – the maker of products such as Wagon Wheels, Jammie Dodgers and Maryland Cookies – acquired sweet and savoury biscuit manufacturer Thomas Fudge’s.