Midlands-based Proper Pies has acquired Leicestershire bakery firm Barton & White for an undisclosed sum.

The acquisition will see the Barton & White name added to the group of firms owned by food entrepreneurs Martyn Thomas and Kevin Morel, which includes Oliver James Foods, the UK’s leading ’sous vide’ specialist, and Proper Pies. Barton & White supplies handmade chilled and frozen desserts, and savouries, while Proper Pies manufactures pies, bakes and desserts.

Established in 2005, Barton & White supplies some of the UK’s largest food chains across the travel, retail and hospitality sectors, with items such as macaroons and cheesecake tarts.

Proper Pies joint MD Kevin Morel said Barton & White had great parallels with its own operation. "This acquisition will allow us to extend our product portfolio with premium patisserie lines, which add value, while providing an opportunity for us to access and develop new markets. It also enables us to bring new products to our existing customers."