BURTON’S Biscuit Co has bought Scottish shortbread producer Paterson Arran.
The terms of the deal remain confidential, but it also includes Paterson Arran owned brands Arran Fine Foods, Brontë and Café Brontë.
Burton’s Biscuit Co is one of the largest biscuit firms in the UK, counting Maryland Cookies, Jammie Dodgers and Wagon Wheels among its portfolio.
In addition to its Paterson’s shortbread range, Paterson Arran manufactures a selection of biscuits, oatcakes, chutneys, relishes and preserves.
The firm employs around 200 people and runs two production facilities: the Royal Burgh Bakery in Livingston, West Lothian, and the Old Mill in Lamlash, Isle of Arran.
Alan Hardie, retiring chairman of Paterson Arran said: “I am honoured to have been at the help 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.”
Nick Field, chief executive of Burton’s Biscuit Co said: “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.
“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.”