Wholesale supplier European Bakeries called in administrators last Friday, blaming the col- lapse of the 47-shop sandwich chain Benjys.

Administrator Lee Manning from Deloitte told British Baker that the company was still trading as a going concern, and potential buyers were being shown around. There were two or three strong contenders to buy the business, and offers were due in yesterday (Thursday). He said: "The company had suffered the collapse of Benjys in July 2006 and then again in February 2007. That drained it of £100,000 in cash."

European Bakeries, a £6m turnover company, based in London, supplies customers, including Aldi and Sodexho, with breads and morning goods, employing around 100 staff.