Key Lekkerland member T A Symonds is continuing to service all its commitments to the group, despite being taken over by Key’s main rival Palmer Harvey McLane.
Key Lekkerland UK managing director John Liptrot said it was “business as usual” with T A Symonds continuing to supply all Key Lekkerland’s customers in its territory.
In addition, T A managing director Alan Symonds, who will remain with the company for nine months to oversee the integration of the company into the P H network, remains a director of Key Lekkerland.
Key Lekklerland and P H are would be rivals in competition for national contracts, and Liptrot acknowledged that it was “an unusual situation”. He said the two companies were in conversations about the future of the relationship, but his main priority was ensuring that all Key Lekkerland’s customers’ needs continued to be fulfilled.
In June Key Lekkerland member Blueheath became part of Booker, and Liptrot confirmed that its depots in Wrexham and Thurrock were continuing to supply Key Lekkerland customers, and former Blueheath chief executive Mark Aylwin, who now heads Booker’s delivered Features > Business, also remains a member of Key Lekkerland’s board.
P H McLane chief executive Peter Etherington said the acquisition of Yeovil-based T A Symonds was intended to fill a gap in its national distribution network. He added that a review had identified other gaps and P H was looking at further acquisition opportunities.