Restructures & receiverships


Countrywide Farmers hopes for rescue after Mole Valley deal collapse Subscription

19 Mar 2018 Updated: 19 Mar 2018 | By Peter Taberner

Administrators are searching for a buyer for Countrywide Farmers Group’s retail business following the collapse of its proposed takeover by Mole Valley Farmers after the CMA blocked the deal.


Can Conviviality recover from its week of woe? Subscription

16 Mar 2018 | By Daniel Woolfson

A surprise profit warning, arithmetic errors, unexpected tax bills. The booze giant has a struggle on its hands. 

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Conviviality faces fight for survival in cash crunch Subscription

16 Mar 2018 | By Daniel Woolfson

Booze giant Conviviality faces a battle for survival after a week of turmoil that saw more than £350m wiped from its value and PwC called in for help.


Coffee chain MangoBean rescued from administration Subscription

14 Mar 2018 | By Alec Mattinson

North-East based national coffee chain MangoBean Coffee has been rescued from administration, safeguarding all jobs at its Newcastle-upon-Tyne head office.

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Conviviality calls in PwC after unexpected £30m tax bill Subscription

14 Mar 2018 | By Daniel Woolfson

The ailing booze giant is to meet with HMRC and key stakeholders 


High street pressures tell on Eat as losses mount Subscription

23 Feb 2018 | By Alec Mattinson

The pressures troubling the casual dining sector are also affecting the quick service restaurants, with newly filed accounts for sandwich chain Eat showing pre-tax losses rose from £1.5m in 2016 to £3.7m last year - its fifth consecutive year of losses.

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FSA defends stance on Russell Hume in wake of collapse

20 Feb 2018 | By Kevin White

The scandal-hit meat supplier fell into administration yesterday, citing the FSA’s investigation which created ‘impossible trading conditions for us’, Russell Hume said

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Russell Hume goes into administration

19 Feb 2018 | By Kevin White

The meat supplier has been under investigation by the Food Standards Agency over labelling concerns since late January

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Tough Christmas sees Ultimate Plum Pudding Company collapse Subscription

16 Feb 2018 | By Edward Devlin

All 20 employees at the Cumbrian company have been made redundant

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Scottish health chain Earthy Foods & Goods closes its doors Subscription

26 Jan 2018 Updated: 26 Jan 2018 | By Andrew Don

Earthy Foods & Goods, a small group of organic food stores and cafés in Edinburgh, has gone into administration, owing nearly £1m.

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Frank Field MP blasts accounting 'deficiencies' at Palmer & Harvey Subscription

24 Jan 2018 | By Edward Devlin

The chairman of the House of Commons’ work and pensions committee has blasted the management and auditors of Palmer & Harvey after a report by administrators revealed the failed wholesaler significantly understated its losses in the 2015/16 financial year.


P&H understated losses by £12.1m in 2015/16, administrators' report reveals Subscription

24 Jan 2018 | By Edward Devlin

Palmer & Harvey significantly understated the extent of its losses in the 2015/16 financial year after a series of “omissions” and “misstatements”, according to a report into the collapse of the wholesaler by PwC.

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Palmer & Harvey creditors owed more than £700m, PwC report reveals Subscription

23 Jan 2018 | By Edward Devlin

Creditors of Palmer & Harvey are facing losses of more than £700m following the collapse of the wholesaler late last year, a report by administrator PwC, seen by The Grocer, has revealed. 

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Mr Sherick's Shakes appoints liquidator amid cost pressures Subscription

12 Jan 2018 | By Edward Devlin

The ‘super premium’ range of Mr Sherick’s Shakes retailed at the top end of the market (£1.99 for a 250ml bottle)

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City snapshot: Conviviality offers to buy 127 Central Convenience stores following P&H collapse Subscription

15 Dec 2017 | By Alec Mattinson

Bargain Booze owner Conviviality has offered to buy 127 Central Convenience stores from WS Retail, following the collapse of its parent Palmer & Harvey into administration. Plus all the rest of the latest news from the City

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Palmer & Harvey sought to delay dividend payments as losses mounted Subscription

04 Dec 2017 | By Alec Mattinson

Collapsed wholesaler Palmer & Harvey renegotiated its onerous dividend payments to management to help mitigate rising losses according to its most recently filed accounts.

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Who killed Palmer & Harvey? Subscription

01 Dec 2017 | By Adam Leyland

From the 2008 MBO, Palmer & Harvey still chose to pay out £70m in interest payments to preferential shareholders. Why?

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Tony Reed tells P&H colleagues and customers: 'I'm sorry' Subscription

01 Dec 2017 | By Adam Leyland

Reed said he was ‘dreadfully sorry’ to all the stakeholders that he had been unable to save the wholesaler


P&H falls into administration Subscription

28 Nov 2017 | By Ronan Hegarty

Customers have been informed there will be no deliveries tomorrow and rival wholesalers are gearing up to step in

Yorkshire Meatball Co

Yorkshire Meatball joins list of collapsed crowdfunded brands Subscription

27 Oct 2017 | By Edward Devlin

The business, run by father and son David and Gareth Atkinson, raised £123,000 from 220 investors on Crowdcube last April



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