A meat and pastry supplier hit by Jamie Oliver's campaign for healthier school dinners has been broken up after failing to tackle debts estimated at £20 million.
Canterbury Foods group employed 600 people in Stoke-on-Trent, Bristol, Bridgend, Hull, Sheppey and Whitstable. It sold products to wholesalers who then supplied schools, pub brands and sandwich makers.
Administrators were called in after banks refused to back a last-ditch refinancing proposal. Around 200 jobs were saved as pastry-based manufacturing sites at Bridgend and Sheppey and Whitstable were sold to a management team featuring Canterbury chief executive Paul Ainsworth.
The company's meat products division was sold last week while an administration team at PricewaterhouseCoopers is looking for a buyer for a cooked meat products subsidiary employing 32 at Yate, near Bristol.
Management at Canterbury earlier sought buyers for the operations as a contingency plan in case they failed in the talks with banks to wipe out debts estimated at around £20 million.
Canterbury said in September that sales of meat products dropped by £2.7 million after the campaign by Oliver.