Brakes has taken a majority stake in O’Kane Foodservice based in Lisburn, Northern Ireland, for an undisclosed sum.
O’Kane has worked in partnership with Brakes for more than 10 years, distributing its products in Northern Ireland and the Irish Republic.
Brakes strategic planning director Ian Goldsmith said the business would continue to be headed by Bill Lattimore and his management team and the O’Kane brand would be retained, although it will be refreshed in line with other Brakes brands.
He said that as a result of the deal O’Kane would benefit from a larger choice of products from Brakes and its family of specialist businesses.
Goldsmith said O’Kane would be adding about 25 new staff to the 130 people it already employs in Northern Ireland and about 20 new jobs in the Irish Republic.
Frank McKay, Brakes Group chief executive officer, commented: “I am delighted we have been given the opportunity to join forces with O’Kane Foodservice and welcome both their employees and customers to the family of Brakes companies.”