British manufacturer Burton’s Biscuit Co. is strengthening its capability and broadening its product portfolio with the acquisition of Paterson Arran, one of Scotland’s leading independent food companies.
The acquisition introduces the Paterson’s shortbread brand into Burton’s portfolio, along with leading foodservice biscuit and chutney brands, Brontë, Café Brontë and Arran Fine Foods.
Nick Field, Burton’s Biscuit Co.’s CEO, said: “Paterson Arran is a superb business with a first-rate product portfolio and baking expertise which combines time-honored 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 Burton’s branded proposition, but Paterson Arran also unlocks significant new trading opportunities for their existing product portfolio in foodservice and portion packing.
Burton’s was advised on the acquisition by Stamford Partners.
Retiring Paterson Arran chairman Alan Hardie added: “I am honored 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.”
In addition to shortbread, Paterson Arran manufactures a selection of biscuits, oatcakes, chutneys, relishes and preserves.
The company employs around 200 people and runs two production facilities: the Royal Burgh Bakery in Livingston, West Lothian, which produces an award-winning range of shortbread, oatcakes, biscuits and cookies, and the Old Mill, Lamlash, Isle of Arran, which primarily produces a range of delicious chutneys, mustards and preserves.
The acquisition of Paterson Arran is the second major acquisition by Burton’s this year. In February, the company completed the acquisition of premium sweet and savory biscuit manufacturer, Thomas Fudge’s.