Brakes owner Sysco snaps up Kent Frozen Foods

Kent Frozen Foods (KFF) has been snapped up by Brakes owner Sysco for an undisclosed sum, subject to Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) approval.

If the deal gets the green light, KFF will join foodservice wholesale giant Brakes in Sysco’s UK stable, alongside Fresh Direct and M&J Seafood.

It is understood, though, that KFF will continue to operate independently from its distribution centres in Aylesford and Witney.

Ajoy Karna, Sysco’s senior vice president, international foodservice operations for Europe, said: “KFF will complement Sysco’s other UK businesses perfectly. Our businesses share many values, including a strong family heritage and customer-led culture and will benefit from complementary strengths in product offering and geography.

“The management team at KFF has done a fantastic job building their business, which focuses heavily on independent customers, making it a perfect addition to our portfolio of businesses in the UK. We are delighted that they and their loyal employees will be joining the Sysco family.”

Chris Beckley, KFF CEO, added: “We are thrilled to be joining the Sysco family.

“For our business, our colleagues and customers, having the added benefit of support from the world’s largest foodservice company presents an exciting and positive time ahead for all of us.”

It is not yet clear how long the process of getting CMA approval will take.


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