Roberts Bakery has purchased Aldreds the Bakers after parent company D&G Food Group put its four bakeries up for sale earlier this month.

The deal to acquire Derbyshire-based Aldreds has secured the jobs of all 62 staff at the factory, which manufactures rolls, bakery and confectionery products and has a turnover of £3 million.

Aldreds will operate as a division of Roberts, “and will benefit from the solid financial foundation and strong buying power of the £69.5m Roberts group”, announced the firm. Aldreds factory in Ilkeston will continue to operate as normal and its current management team will remain in place.

“This is a very positive move for both companies,” commented Mike Braddock, managing director of Roberts Bakery.

“Roberts is a successful business and we are very excited to have the opportunity to develop it further through our alliance with Aldreds, which is well known and respected in the industry.

“We’re delighted to not only invest in Aldreds’ future but also to provide job security for its loyal team of staff,” he added.