Northern Foods shareholders have voted in favour of private equity group Vision Capital buying a number of the food manufacturer's businesses for £160m.

Shareholders approved the sale at an extraordinary general meeting yesterday, clearing the way for Vision Capital to acquire Northern's Fletchers Bakeries, Smiths Flour Mills, Park Cakes and Pork Farms businesses. The deal was first announced in November last year.

Completion of the disposal is due to take place shortly, Northern Foods said.