Troubled off-licence chain Unwins has appointed KPMG as its administrators.

Last week directors at Unwins filed an application at the High Court to place its companies Unwins Wine Group and Unwins Limited in administration.

It had until today to find itself a buyer to avoid going into administration.

Reports suggested that several parties were interested in the chain, including rival wine retailers and private equity groups. However, as yet, no offer has been accepted.

Meanwhile, reports suggest that Unwins’ staff pension contributions are missing.

The reports claim that pension contributions for October and November have been deducted from salaries but have not been paid into the company’s pension scheme, which is run by Friends Provident.

It follows The Grocer’s discovery that the full acquisition price for Unwins remains unpaid and that one overseas supplier has already stopped distributing to its Phillips Newman business.