Posted: 01/12/2016

Cottage Delight bought by international firm Vestey Holdings

cottage delight fudgeIndustry stalwart Cottage Delight has been bought by UK-based international food business Vestey Holdings, which said it is looking to strengthen its presence in branded fine foods.

The Staffordshire-based producer, founded in 1974 by Nigel Cope, is now part of Vestey subsidiary The Fine Foods Group – a business that was set up in September 2016.

A private firm with an annual turnover of more than £375m, Vestey Holdings’ other companies include mail order and online butcher Donald Russell and Vestey Foods Group, which imports and distributes meat and ambient foods across the UK, Europe and the Middle East.

Vestey Holdings CEO George Vestey said: “As a premium offering, Cottage Delight supports our focus on product quality, heritage and supplying a discerning and loyal customer base.

“This acquisition is part of Vestey Holding’s UK strategy and Cottage Delight is a great opportunity for us to strengthen our presence in the branded fine foods sector.  We look forward to working with the existing team in developing the business.”

Cottage Delight MD Jason Moody said: “This is a positive step for the business which provides us with an opportunity to continue our growth within the retail sector and develop the Cottage Delight product range with the support of Vestey Foods who share our philosophy and ethos for building successful businesses for the long term.”

“We have a product line that is highly sought after by consumers and by being part of the Vestey Group, we can ensure that we can continue to bring new, exciting products to the market place.”

Having begun life as a fudge-maker, Cottage Delight’s multi-category range now spans 700 different lines, including jams, pickles, chutneys, and sauces.

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