Baked Goods & Desserts

Compleat Food Group Acquires Cheshire Pie Maker Wrights Food

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Crewe, Cheshire, England-based Wrights Food Group has been purchased by the Compleat Food Group for an undisclosed price. The acquired company is a producer of frozen and chilled meat and potato pies, bread, sandwiches, ready meals and dessert products. Its portfolio also includes a chain of 15 baked goods stores and the Urban Bistro vending machine

Founded in 1926, Wright employs approximately 600 people and reportedly rang up sales of £54 million sales to retail and foodservice sector customers, including professional football clubs, last year.

through its sales of pies to one in three Football League clubs, 30m cookies, as well as ready meals and sandwiches.

“We are delighted to welcome the Wrights Food Group into our pastry division. This move enables us to better serve our customers and offer a greater range of products, helping the group to further strengthen its position in UK retail and foodservice,” said Paul Monk, executive chairman of the London-headquartered Compleat Food Group, which was formed following the merger of Winterbotham Darby and Addo Food Group last year.

Located in Nottingham, Winterbotham Darby is one of the UK’s leading chilled food businesses with a strong positions in continental foods and a fast-growing plant-based food operation. Its supply chain is underpinned by a sustainable business approach that includes a commitment to high environmental, ethical and technical standards. 

The Surrey-based Addo Food Group is regarded as Britain’s top manufacturer of chilled savoury pastry for retail and impulse markets, producing more than 287 million units each year. The business, which was founded in 1931, supplies a retail range of private label and branded products including sausage rolls, hot pies, slices and pasties, pork pies, scotch eggs and quiches.