UK – Burto’s Biscuit Company has acquired Scottish short bread an oatcake supplier Petarson Arran, to boost its presence in the food service market.

Paterson Arran produces shortbread, oatcakes, biscuits and cookies as well as chutneys, mustards and preserves under the brands Brontë, Café Brontë and Arran Fine Foods.

Commenting on the deal, Burton’s Biscuit Company CEO Nick Field said that the acquisition will strengthen the company’s presence in the food service market.

“Paterson Arran is a superb business with a first-rate product portfolio and baking expertise, which combines time-honoured methods with the very latest technology, to make outstanding products,” Field said.

“The acquisition is a further indication of our intent to increase our production capability, to extend our product offering and to continue growing our presence in the biscuit market.

“The move not only strengthens our branded proposition, Paterson Arran’s strength in foodservice and portion packing also unlocks significant new trading opportunities for our existing product portfolio.​

“We’ll be looking to enhance the company’s presence in this sector, building on what is undoubtedly a leading capability in this market,” he added.

Paterson Arran said: “We are proud and excited to announce the latest step in our long journey. Burton’s Biscuit Co has now acquired Paterson Arran. ​

“Burton’s Biscuits have set out a clear purpose to bake great biscuits and with great brands such as Maryland, Jammie Dodgers and Wagon Wheels, to name just a few, they are the perfect family for Paterson Arran brands to join.

“Together, we expect to bring you many new and exciting products while continuing with long established favouries.”​

The deal is Burton’s second acquisition this year, after its acquired premium biscuit manufacturer Thomas Fudge’s in February to extend its footprint into the artisan market.

“This latest acquisition highlights that our owners, Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan, are fully supportive of the journey we are on.

“They share our deep-rooted commitment to enhancing our baking credentials, to complementing our current portfolio with more top-quality products and to generating excitement in biscuits and the other categories in which Burton’s now has a presence,”​ said Field.