Asian ready meals specialist S&A Foods was taken into administration in October, when all its 300 staff were made redundant.
2 Sisters Food Group said it planned to develop the old S&A Foods site, on the Sir Francis Ley Industrial Estate, and to hold a series of recruitment days.
A 2 Sisters spokesman told FoodManufacture.co.uk: “We can confirm the transaction relating to the purchase of the site at Sir Francis Ley Industrial Estate, Shaftsbury Street South, Derby has now been completed and the site will be operated by 2 Sisters Food Group.
“The 2 Sisters team is actively working up plans to develop the site and will be looking to engage with the local workforce through a number of recruitment days over the coming weeks.”
Derby City Council welcomed the completion of the deal. Cabinet member for jobs and fair employment, councillor Lisa Eldret told BBC News: “Obviously it could be a great early Christmas present for those workers who unfortunately lost their jobs back in October and we hope that production will be able to restart as soon as possible on the site.”
‘Early Chrismas present’
2 Sisters Food Group is expected to meet council representatives at the end of this week.
The food giant confirmed its interest in acquiring the S&A Foods site at the beginning of last week.
S&A Foods went into administration after Asda cancelled its contract for chilled, Asian ready meals. The firm’s founder Perween Warsi, former Food Manufacture Personality of the Year, handed over control of the business in October to administrator Deloitte.
Meanwhile, training group Jobs, Education and Training was helping former S&A Foods employees with job interview advice and the preparation of curriculum vitae.
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