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Job losses feared as DBC Foodservice enters administration

Nearly 1,000 jobs may be cut after food firm DBC Foodservice went into administration.

Administrators Baker Tilly were appointed when the firm failed to find a buyer to take on the business, after it was put on the market last week.

The company operates at 12 locations across the UK with nine depots in England and a site each in Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland.

Baker Tilly said discussions were on-going with a number of buyers.

The administrators said all 982 employees at the firm had been informed of its position.

In a statement, Baker Tilly said: "DBC is a very well established business which has enjoyed a great reputation over a prolonged period. It is obviously very disappointing to see the company enter into administration.

"We are in discussions with a number of interested parties, some of which are at an advanced stage. We are hopeful that we will be able to secure a future for certain areas of the business."

DBC was founded in 1902 as the Danish Bacon Company.

The firm expanded its business in the 1990s to supply a variety of foods to retailers and the catering industry.

It moved its headquarters out of London to Welwyn Garden City, Hertfordshire during World War II and later opened 12 depots including one in Wath-upon-Dearne, South Yorkshire, in 2000 where about 200 workers are employed.

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