Poor conditions leave food manufacturer out in the cold

Posted on 25 Jun 2013 by Tim Brown

Q Cold, a Herefordshire-based food manufacturer and packaging firm, has entered into administration following the loss of an unnamed key supply contract.

FRP Advisory partners and Chris Stirland, and Philip Watkins and FRP Advisory director Nathan Jones have been appointed as joint administrators to the company.

Q Cold went into administration following a sharp deterioration in trading conditions. FRP Advisory says the company will continue to trade while the joint administrators seek a purchaser for the ongoing business, but redundancies among the 40 employees are likely.

Chris Stirland, partner at FRP Advisory and joint administrator, said: “Q Cold was a solid, profitable company that specialises in suet production alongside a packaging operation. The company suffered from the recent termination of a key supply contract with a major customer which had accounted for around half of the company’s turnover.

“The supply contract termination, together with an ongoing dispute with HMRC relating to the reimbursement to the company of overpaid VAT monies relating to that supply contract, has put a squeeze on cashflow.”