Foodfinders boss Mike Cook was trying to secure finances for an MBO as The Grocer went to press, after parent company John Lusty fell into receivership last week. Foodfinders, which distributes speciality foods to the independent sector and speciality food market, has had "a record year". This is despite the troubles at Trustin Unimerchants which is by far the largest part of the Lusty business, said Cook. "We traded well above budget this year." John Lusty's joint administrative receiver William Tacon said he was confident of securing a deal, either to sell the company as a whole or in its constituent parts ­ as a going concern. Although suppliers initially considered jumping ship, most realised Lusty was the best route to market, and were hoping for a rapid sale, said Tacon. "There's been an enormous amount of interest in the business, and obviously speed is of the essence so retailers can be reassured lines of supply will be maintained." Unilever subsidiary Go Organic, which recently appointed Foodfinders as its distributor, said it was sticking by the company for the "forseeable future". and remained hopeful it would "pull through current financial difficulties". As an independent business working in conjunction with the John Lusty Group, Bonne Maman jam maker Andros said it was waiting to see what would happen. But at the moment, said country manager Alistair Chrystal, it was "fairly much business as usual". {{NEWS }}