Traditional Scottish toffee maker McCowans was pulled from the brink of collapse this week when a buyer stepped in.
The 80-year-old company, synonymous with its iconic Highland cow icon, went into receivership on March 3, blaming raw material rises.
More than 50 companies had initially considered buying the confectioner, which has an annual turnover of £6m, but hopes of finding a saviour appeared to have finally faded last week as the three remaining parties withdrew their interest.
PricerwaterhouseCoopers was in the process of running down production when off-the-shelf company Sally Gardens, formed specifically for the deal, bought the company and saved 84 jobs at the Stenhousemuir factory.