Ice cream manufacturer Richmond Foods is set to buy De Roma Ice Cream for £3.4 m in cash.

Wigan-based De Roma, which supplies own label ice cream products tor the major retailers, went into administration in December last year.

Chief executive of Richmond Foods, James Lambert said the deal would help the company to achieve its goal of being the leading supplier of ice cream in the UK.

De Roma had sales of £20.8m for the year to October 31, 2003.