Troubled US food distributor Fleming has delayed supplies to customers as its suppliers have held back on orders after it filed for bankruptcy last week.

Fleming’s interim CEO Pete Willmott has written to its retail customers to assure them that the company has $100m in cash receipts to pay its suppliers, despite delays in putting in place a financing agreement.

Fleming filed for Chapter 11 protection after it lost a $4.5bn contract to supply food and discount retailer Kmart, which filed for bankruptcy in January 2002.