Confectionery company Tangerine said it would be targeting increased sales through independent retailers following completion of its £58m purchase Monkhill from Cadbury Schweppes.
The deal sees Tangerine take ownership of Monkhill's factories at York, Cleckheaton and Pontefract, and a distribution centre at Holmewood. It also now owns the Butterkist popcorn, Jameson's chocolate and Barratt Sherbet Fountains brands.
The company said it would focus on improving relationships with independents and also planned to develop new ranges and enter new markets. "We have the opportunity to push forward into chocolate thanks to buying Jameson's," said chairman Steven Joseph. "We are also very keen to develop our children's offer."
Joseph said there would be few changes to the manufacturing part of the business following the deal, but admitted some clerical and financial jobs could go where duplication existed.