Vestey Foods Group has taken a controlling interest in Scottish mail order butcher Donald Russell.

Vestey - which took the interest for an undisclosed sum - distributes meat, poultry, fish and other foods around the world. It does not plan to change the day-to-day running of the business.

Vestey had long admired Donald Russell’s “combination of traditional specialist butchering skills with a cutting edge e-commerce and mail order operation,” said CEO George Vestey.