Bidvest buys catering butcher Knight Meats

Bidvest Fresh, the fresh food supplier to the catering trade, has bought Knight Meats for an undisclosed (but seven-figure) sum. Vendors James and Carol Knight brought the deal to a successful conclusion on Friday April 1, nine months after Knight Meats made initial approaches to potential buyers.

Established in 1992, Knight Meats provides a comprehensive range of fresh meat, poultry and deli products to professional kitchens, including the public sector.

The company, which is based in Chlemsford, Essex, supplies a variety of customers, including many prime quality hotels, restaurants, contract caterers, as well as an increasing number of schools and colleges.

Bidvest Fresh supplies national and independent customers within the catering industry with fresh ingredients including fish and seafood, meat, produce, dairy products and ambient goods. It offers delivery of all of its ingredients directly to customers’ kitchens in temperature controlled vehicles.

In a press statement, Bidvest Fresh said: “With Knight Meats on board, Bidvest Fresh increase their skill base in butchery and strengthen their ability to offer nationwide delivery of quality meat, alongside Royal Warrant Holders’, Campbell Brothers in Scotland, and Henson’s in central London who are famous for their salt beef.”

It is thought all all Knight staff will be retained, as well as the company’s Chelmsford facility. It is also thought that the Knight Meats brand will, continue.

The deal has expanded Bidvest Fresh’s geographical reach and market coverage. The company already owns a number of specialist suppliers, including Henson (meat), Rustic Cheese, Direct Seafoods, Oliver Kay(fresh fruit and veg) and Campbell Brothers (Scotch beef).

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