Redditch firm Proper Pies has taken over Barton & White, which makes chilled and frozen desserts and savouries.

The undisclosed deal adds the Barton & White name to the group of companies owned by long established food entrepreneurs Martyn Thomas and Kevin Morel that includes Oliver James Foods, the UK’s leading sous vide specialist.

Kevin Morel, from Proper Pies, said: “As a business enterprise, Barton and White has great parallels with our own operation and that’s what appealed to us.

"The pride in what they do and the attention to detail is something that we can identify with.

“This acquisition will allow us to extend our product portfolio with premium patisserie lines which add value whilst providing an opportunity for us to access and develop new markets.

"It also provides us with the opportunity to bring new products to our existing customers.”