Jobs at risk as south Norfolk food manufacturer faces liquidation

South Norfolk based specialist premium party food manufacturer Frank Dale Foods Ltd has called a creditors’ meeting for 28 February to appoint a liquidator. Fifty seven jobs at its plant in Bunwell are at risk. Formed in 1994, the company traded successfully but faced a downturn in 2016 caused by production difficulties servicing sales after a period of significant growth. Trading losses put a strain on cash flow and efforts to refinance failed. 

The firm is an upmarket maker of savoury and dessert canapes, quiches and tartlets and has won national awards and supplied products for the Queen’s Jubilee. Chairman Nigel Cushion said: “Sadly time has run out for the company but we are hopeful that a buyer can be found for the business and assets so jobs can be saved and that is the board’s main focus now.” The company will continue to trade up to liquidation in the hope that a buyer can be found for the business and assets as a going concern. Andrew McTear of McTear Williams & Wood said: “We are working with the board of directors to market the business and assets for ale and have already received serious interest.”

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