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Tuesday, 27 March 2012

DBC Foodservice in administration

I have been informed that DBC Foodservice, which recently put itself up for sale following a challenging trading period, has gone into administration with Baker Tilly as the administrator.

The firm had a last reported turnover of £300m but made losses of more nearly £5m upto March 2011. The company employs 1000 people in 12 different locations. DBC Foodservice was previously called The Danish Bacon Company but now supplies a wider range of products, such as egg and cheese. The firm has a major contract with the Ministry of Defence to supply the armed forces.

No announcement has yet been made by the administrators but I have confirmed with Baker Tilly that they are appointed as the administrator. As such any enquiries should be directed to their Manchester office 0161 830 4000. When I know more I will update this blog.

update 28/3: Russell Cash from Baker Tilly has said ""We are in discussions with a number of interested parties, some of which are at an advanced stage. We are hopeful that we will be able to secure a future for certain areas of the business."

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59 comments :

  1. cant believe this.....how long will staff have jobs for? and will they get paid in april? DBC really have not kept there staff informed of whats going on, they have no respect for the situations that people are now facing! do they have jobs or not?

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  2. Well as an employee I think I speak for a lot of staff here, never really told any news or what's going on. Just the bare minimum. And now we might not even get paid what were owed if the company doesn't sell.
    But as of today the administrators are paying the wages
    So that's some good news I guess (sinking ship springs to mind though)

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  3. i feel so much for all the staff at DBC, i know people that have put 110% into the compnay and there jobs only to be treated like this......very unfair!

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  4. We arrived for work this morning as normal and straight away was told there was a big meeting going on with administrators and to wait for news. Half an hour later we were all gathered together and told the company was insolvent and that wages that were due to be paid this friday for last weeks work would not be paid. Instead we have to claim for what we are owed which takes between 6 and 10 weeks. Absolutely disgusting what they have done and alot of people now left trying to figure out how to pay bills this week.

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  5. A very sad day for a company that is 110 years old. Have been employed there for 10 years, and work with a really good workforce and like in previous comments we have all been let down by the constant lack of information from the powers that be. Drivers had been told of administration by customers before we had been informed that an application was made. I dare say that those departed from the top have walked away with a nice few quid whilst the rest of us look forward to a bleak future.

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  6. POTATOES!!!
    Oh well job centres gona get full
    (Dbc employee)

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    1. No potatoes, fruit and veg is on stop!

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    2. Along with rice, milk and bread

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  7. well folks thats a kick in the plums from dbc they would have known this was coming and not said anything while some people at the top have been sunning them selfs abroad while us daft nuts have been grafting and i mean grafting ,,,,,,,,,,,,,

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    1. what u mean Stuart at rotherham depo lol.. hes got a lovely suntan while i was trying to save my job

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    2. Stuart didnt know. Non of the staff did for sure and he had his holiday ruined worrying, so back off. We are all in the same boat.

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    3. I know Stuart and I'm in agreement with the comment above, he didn't know anything. He was on holiday celebrating his 25th wedding anniversary with his wife and comes back to find that the buisness is up for sale. I personally think he works as hard as what anyone else does and along with everyone else is not going to have a job! He been there for 40 years and he is nearly the longest serving employee (workaholic) for the company. He has worked really hard to try and help to company sucseed along with helping other people along the way. I think your view is wrong.

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    4. How can you blame Stuart for this he didnt know this was going to happen.He has worked for the company for 40 years and has saved people's jobs dozens of times and I know that for a fact.If you had a problem with him why didn't you speak to him whilst you were there instead of posting stupid comments anonymously---by the way my names mick so you all know me.We are all in the same boat with no money,job etc so just got to get on with it.

      Chin up boys you know who you are onto bigger and better things!!!!!!!

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    5. nice one mick yes we know who you are and respect and trust you due to what has happened there is a lot of bad feeling understandably

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  8. Sorry to hear of the difficult time ahead for the staff at DBC, Thinking of you all especially those in Petersfield. Chins up and best wishes from all in Warminster.

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  9. i was an employee at dbc up until 3pm today when we were told we were being made redundant.we were constantly kept in the dark by management including the top man at our depot who must have had a lovely 2 weeks holiday judging by the depth of his tan while we have all been left to speculate and listen to various rumours circulating.we were told today there will be no wages in bank on friday but management don't care as they all got paid their very generous salaries last friday.DBC MANAGEMENT COULDN'T ORGANISE A KNEES UP IN A BREWERY!

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    1. What depot did you work at??
      And they recon we have a chance of payment if the company gets sold tommorow, as the new owner will take over the debt "including wages now" So fingers crossed that it does get sold hey

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    2. yeah i say mate out of sight out off mind while we take the crap,,,,,,,,,,

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  10. Also spare a thought for the countless suppliers who have been taken for a ride, probably delivering into them upto and including today.

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  11. very irresponsible management, DBC tried to buy business and run a company on 16% gp, it costxs that to do the wheels. Feel sorry for the staff but the dire tors should never be allowed to run a company again

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  12. we got told that there is no new company to take over and we have entered administration effective from 10.00am 27/3/2012

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  13. Any word on who the buyer may be ?

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  14. Apparently the potential "new buyer" are only interested in the MOD side of the company. The 2 depots that supply the MOD have a more positive outlook than the other DBC depots (if they decide to buy) however there will not be jobs for every employee that works on the MOD contract.

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  15. The directors & senior management should ba ashamed of the way they have run this business! It is all about feeding their egos and a power trip to them! They have no thoughts for the staff, nor the customers, nor any of the things that actually matter in business!!
    Feel for everyone at DBC I am one of the lucky ones who was made redundant earlier this year and managed to escape intact!

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  16. we have only been with them a few weeks and been completly thrown in the bin. We now need to run around like headless chicken to find another destribution ctr asap

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  17. I worked with DBC and was lucky enough to get out last year. I feel sorry for all the guys and girls I used to work with. I left last August and it was apparent then that they could not organise a knees up in a brewery. The higher management had no respect for the guys in the warehouses and admin team. I have bo doubt in my mind that there will have been no communication. The management and directors should never be able to work in such a position again. Hope all my past colleagues can find work in the currect economical climate.

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  18. They knew there finances were running at a huge loss over a year ago... Yet the board of directors chose to move there useless backsides to a big fat expensive office block in London to make themself more comfortable at a massive cost they couldnt afford .WHAT A SELFISH ACT that helped sink us ........... While the real hard working staff gave them 200 percent and never got any recognition JUST A LOAD OF GARB FROM HR.. There new dumb rules and treating us like children or worthless losers!!
    I work with 100s of very loyal genuine hard working people at Petersfield branch none of them deserve this ... The board including HR are a total disgrace !! Im praying the new buyers keep the branch going and wipe out the dead wood... in this case its at the top !!!

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    1. well said this is so true they are a total disgrace a wife of an employee from petersfield

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  19. I worked for DBC 2 and half years ago the company had problems then!! Alot of good people came and went in my time which was DBC's downfall not holding onto the good guys!!!Alot of good hard working people have been used and abused! The management should be ashamed of them selfs!! JOKERS!

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  20. DBC reps, drivers, telesales......wanna earn some cash? Try hawking around independent wholesalers, I bet your customer list is worth a few quid. The DBC board helped themselves so why shouldn't you try helping yourselves too???

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  21. sadly the problem with DBC was the fact that there were to many people earning to much money for doing not enough work at all levels the few that weren`t were made to suffer for those that were also to many people thought the best way to run the business was to abuse people and try and throw there weight around even though they were no good at there job if they had employed managers that knew what they were doing they would have realised what everyone else knew

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  22. So are all sites being treated the same Thatcham told today 90% of staff out of job with immediate effect the rest end of this week/beg of next site totally closed by next Friday! Thanks very much for keeping us all informed mortgages to pay. Families to feed and yet we have to apply to gOvernment and wait over 10 weeks to get some money....did the directors face us today at Thatcham did they heck as like! We have been led up the garden path good and proper!

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  23. Well as I'm still working at petersfield they recon there going to pay some money on Friday but might not be what we're owed..
    Was told yesterday by administrators we would hear news today but guess what (no change) (no news)
    Oh yeah and the suppliers in today to count what stock we had of there's, plus Dave Campbell jumps ship (that's clearly a sign of what's to come)
    Just gets bad to worse.
    I sympathise for all the other depots and too all who have lost there jobs and left to struggle,
    Think us at petersfield feel the same but for most don't want too just quit as they will loose any redundancy they might be entitled too.
    But when I hear any news tomorrow il update.

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    1. How many people are employed in Petersfield? I am trying to get a feel of the extent of the problem we have in EastHants.

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    2. Exactly what Thatcham was told....jump ship and you cant even claim job seekers allowance!
      We heard Dave Campell was made reduandant yesterday!

      Its wrong they expect people to carry on as normal, yet clearly people have or for sure will be loosing there jobs!

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    3. As I posted yesterday (as a petersfield employee) yes Dave Campbell did indeed "jump ship"
      But the good news today is that a buyer has stepped in (vestey food service) so jobs are looking ok at petersfield but there has been rumours to a 10% job loss... I might be 1 of them lol who knows.
      But this is all I know right this second.
      As I get more info il keep you updated

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  24. Any news on Drivers, are deliveries still going out at the moment or has no drivers turned in?

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  25. I really feel for the guys on the ground working for DBC. As per usual it is the fat cat owners who will walk away from the problem in hand. Times are tough - I work in the food service business myself but this does not excuse the poor communication and lack of underrstanding of management seeking to exit a sinking ship with hundreds of staff picking up the pieces at ridiculously short notice.

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  26. The girls and boys from the Cardiff Branch were all made redundant yesterday.
    I just want to say that HR ....(No names mentioned - but I'm sure that you all know who I mean) are absolute SCUM...!!!
    I hope that that they ....along with the rest of us..HAVE LOST THEIR JOBS...!!!!!!
    LOL ladies........now you know how we feel.
    Do I sound bitter.....Damn right I am...!!!!!
    Hope that all the friends that I have made over the last couple of years find fantastic jobs and lets all stick two fingers up to the SCUM that told lie after lie after lie......Do I need to go on......? Think not ....!!!!!

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    1. If only HR had the power you imply. Wake up and realise this is not a choice HR made or controlled. This whole thing has devastated 1000 people and is much bigger than your pathetic attempt at self pity

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    2. Whilst I understand that everyone is upset, name calling and pointing the finger at individuals without having the courage to actually put your name down, is an act of cowardice. At least we, as a team can stand firm and know that what we were ASKED to do, we carried out in a professional manner. Can the same be said of others? All I can say it is easy to point the finger but it takes a greater person to take a step back, take a bow and exit with dignity. Good luck from the HR Team

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    3. Absolutely unbelievable! An act of cowardance is letting the Administrators break the news to Employees on the actual day they lost their jobs!

      I fail to see how HR acted in a professional manner when they broke the majority of Employees Contract Of Employment by not paying Employees and not giving the required Notice Period.

      Don't patronise us by pretending HR understands, you didn't when we were employed at DBC and you certainly don't now.

      Good luck from the HR Team? Yeh right!!!!

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  27. Vestey foods bought into the contract for mod, petersfield (thank god) that's my depot and dundonald are safe, so looking jobs are safe at these depots. Sorry for the loss at the other depots

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    1. err......has anybody thought(before getting their hopes up)what will happen come next year when the MOD contract runs out and Vestey,who I believe will tender for the new contract,do not get it?.......will they offload the site and the staff with it(sorry for the dampener)

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  28. Well done DBC for wrecking everyones lives, how selfish, thoughtless and inconsiderate all you directors are. Hope you have paid your bills and mortgages, can you afford to buy food this week, the workers at DBC cannot afford to even though they have worked and will not be getting paid.
    I would have gladly worked for your company and could of turn it around and im only a trained nurse.
    You have known for months and months that you were tearing the company apart, yet you never kept your employess upto date with what was happening, if you had done this, then there would have been a greater chance of gaining another job. You have kept them to the end for one simple reason, to ensure you had staff for your own selfish personaL reasons. All you directors (of whom could noy even organise a hen night) totally disgust me i would love to know how you sleep at night, just remember in your dreams all the lives you have just ruined.

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  29. It angers me that Baker tilly had been in talks with Brakes for some months .

    Taken from Another website
    Brakes COO Ian Goldsmith said teams had been working on contingency plans in the background for several months.

    As a sales rep we have had the pressure of increased Calls (10) per day . DSR under scrutiny. And the threat that we were to be tracked. With no work life balance times have been very hard for us reps..

    It saddens me to think that as employees we have been mistreated for some time. Knowing full well that the outcome was going to be dim. and the end of DBC was so near..

    GOOD LUCK BRAKES
    Foodservice giant Brakes has taken on at least £100m worth of business from the administrators of its collapsed rival DBC.

    You made around 700+ people unemployed in tough times
    Lets see how much business you retain long term it was obviously that DBC was such a threat to you.. You (BRAKES) certainly are getting a very bad name for yourself, With Educations sectors moving to more Local company's, I say Local suppliers go for it dont let them trample on you

    BE Keen with buying and pricing and give good service as the 2 big boys (3663 and Brakes ) are unable to offer that. STAY STRONG

    TO My DBC Colleagues out there.
    Its Tough
    Stay strong
    And they have not taking your hands or your mouth away

    GOOD LUCK..

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  30. Funny how higher management claimed that they didn't know what was going on yet they all managed to have a new job in place and jumped ship the day before we were all made redundant!

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  31. Funny how higher management claimed that they didn't know what was going on yet they all managed to have a new job in place and jumped ship the day before we were all made redundant!

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  32. What do want?
    Out of date meat!
    When do we want it?
    Now!

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    1. really is this necessary !!!!

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  33. I work/ Worked at the Rotherham Depo as Driver, Today has been my last day, had no call for me to come into tomorrow tonight.
    Gutted ,
    No wages to pay my bills, no money in the bank, cud never save a penny on our wages,
    We have all been treated like Shit and kept in the dark so we kept coming into work by those at the top who im sure have made other plans already for their futures..
    The top cats are the ones that have screwed up DBC while telling us lads who are drivers and warehouse workers, do this right do that right,.. maybe it shud have been us telling them how to do there jobs right and we would all still have jobs .. useless managment at the top.. the lots of them.. and they have been laying down all these stupid usless do this do that rules to us over the last year lynn cowling and the rest of you.. thanks a bunch for screwing us and been crap at your jobs when we were fing exellent at ours

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  34. Potential multi drop driver opportunities available in Derbyshire. May be too far to travel for some but if interested send CV to leechalland@creedfoodservice.co.uk.
    Good luck to all in your quest for jobs

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  35. As a contributor to this blog I do hope this has been helpful for people.

    I note that Kerry Foods is also in difficulty as well but they have launched a 90 day consultation with employees. What is going on in the food industry..?

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  36. The funny thing what I think a lot of people don't understand is that Dbc was the underdog with brakes and 3663 trying to our do them, but now vestey has stepped in they are now the big boys, and I don't see how brakes has 100m of Dbc clients or that vestey would stand for it concise ring vestey supply brakes and 3663 lol, so all brakes actually got was the scraps that Dbc didn't even want like barracuda (which we made a loss on) lol its rather funny me thinks. Still I'm a vestey employee now lol

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  37. Are Vesty takeing over the rotherham depo do you know so i can go down apply for my old driving job back.. any news at all wats happeing at rotherham, is it closeing down totally as sum of the lads very few are still takeing orders out

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  38. any news for darlaston deepot?

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  39. any news for darlaston depot

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  40. Please is someone able to explain the following:-

    MOD Contract sold to Vesty - TUPE applies
    Contracts sold to Brakes - TUPE not applied

    Surely with the sale of Contracts to Brakes, jobs should have been TUPE'd across?

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  41. Does anyone know that we could be entitled to a Protective Award due to DBC failing to consult employees about impending redundancies.A tribunal can award up to 90 days pay to all employees.Maybe this is something that we should all think about.

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