Brakes Group buys Browns Food Service

Foodservice supplier Brakes Group has bought out catering butcher Browns Food Service to increase its customer base and strengthen specialist meat availability.

Warwickshire-based Browns will remain as a specialist business within the Brakes Group, retaining its individual identity, customers and product range. It will continue to be managed by its current team under the leadership of MD Andrew Dalton.

Dalton said: “It is great to be a part of the Brakes Group. It is a very strong foodservice company and its business strengths and expertise will help us to offer our customers excellent products and service, as well as providing new opportunities for the future.”

Browns was established in 1983 and supplies the hotel and catering industry with fresh meat, game and poultry products.

Brakes chief operating officer Ian Goldsmith added he was delighted with the acquisition, which will mean the company will be able to significantly strengthen its meat and butchery offer to customers.

Brakes operate in the UK, France, Ireland and Sweden, with a turnover of approximately £2.2bn. It was acquired by private US equity group Bain Capital in 2007 and has also bought out firm Freshfayre and Swedish wholesaler Menigo this year.

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