Ready meal specialist Parripak has acquired Gretna-based processor/packer Solway Veg.

Under the deal, completed last week, Solway becomes Parripak's northern operation, allowing the company to deliver to customers nationwide within 24 hours of order placement. Parripak previously only had access to 65% of the UK.

"We will employ the highest technical standards to provide top-quality freshly prepared vegetables from both sites," said Parripak MD Gavin McNally.

Solway MD Simon Blair will continue to work with the business and has joined Parripak's board of directors, McNally added.