The new owner of Albert Fisher's chilled produce division, Del Monte Fresh Packaged Produce, is considering converting the own label business into a branded operation. A spokeswoman said the company was reviewing options for the Fisher division ­ the leading UK supplier of prepared salads and fruit salads. "We are looking at the options to leverage the power of the Del Monte brand, as well as finding synergies in buying and so on. This has huge potential." The second major chunk of the Albert Fisher empire to be sold this month, the chilled division comprises plants in Methwold (660 staff), Wisbech (310 staff), and York (280 staff). Sales topped £73m last year. The move represents Del Monte's first foray into the fresh cut market in the UK, where it has built up a large sales force and distribution network for its imported fruit business. The sale of Albert Fisher's seafood processing site at Gosforth to Young's Bluecrest, also announced this week, leaves receivers KPMG with four more sites to sell, at Peterhead, Fraserburgh, Redditch and Birmingham. A spokesman said KPMG was confident of wrapping up the disposal process in the "next couple of weeks". {{NEWS }}

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