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DBC Foodservice administrators confirm 287 job losses

Administrators at a troubled food firm have confirmed 287 jobs will be axed across England and in Wales.

About 100 jobs will go at DBC Foodservice's South Yorkshire depot and 96 in Berkshire, while 34 posts will be cut in Essex and 25 in Cardiff.

Its West Midlands site will lose 12 posts, 13 will go in Devon and five in Cheshire. Two jobs will go at its head office in Hertfordshire.

A decision is yet to be made on another 450 posts.

The firm made losses of £10m over the last two years.

Administrators Baker Tilly also revealed 245 posts would be saved after a quarter of the business was sold to another company.

DBC 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 182 posts would be saved in Petersfield, Hampshire, and 82 in Dundonald, Ayrshire, as a result of the partial buyout from Vestey.

It said discussions were ongoing with a number of buyers.

A decision is yet to be made on the remaining 450 jobs. However, further redundancies would be "likely", Baker Tilly said.

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

DBC was founded in 1902 as the Danish Bacon Company and later expanded its business in the 1990s to supply a variety of foods to retailers and the catering industry.

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