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Brakes has acquired a 250,000 sq ft cold store warehouse in Portbury for its food distribution business.

Brakes Group, the Ashford-based food distribution firm, is to be acquired by Sysco of the US for £2.2bn.

Brakes Brothers is planning to set up a 270,000 sq ft food distribution centre at the Ash Industrial Estate in Harlow.

Brakes is planning to open a 173,000 sq ft foodservice distribution depot in Glasgow later this year.

Brakes is to sell the Creative Foods ready meals factory in Flintshire to David Wood Baking, securing the future of up to 142 jobs.

Brakes Group is to open its first 25,000 sq ft Professional Food Market in Croydon this month, in order to supply grocery products to caterers.

Brakes Group has acquired a 16,000 sq ft warehouse for its foodservice business on the Gemini Business Park in Warrington.

Brakes has sold Browns Foodservice, the Warwickshire-based meat wholesaler with annual sales of about £15m, to Ensors of Gloucestershire.

Brakes Group is to set up a 207,000 sq ft chilled foods distribution centre at Suttons Business Park in Reading, with the creation of 500 jobs.

Brakes is to create up to 50 new jobs at a new 55,000 sq ft catering supplies depot at its Gonerby Moor site near Grantham this year.

Brakes has acquired Browns Food Service, the catering butcher with 40 vans and depots in Rugby, Romsey and London.

Brakes is to acquire a majority stake in Menigo, the Swedish wholesaler with annual turnover of about £450m.

Brakes has acquired Freshfayre, the Leeds-based chilled food wholesaler with seven depots, for undisclosed terms.

Brakes is to acquire Woodward Foodservice, the food wholesaler with eight distribution centres in the Midlands, the North, Scotland and Wales, from Baugur for an estimated £20m.

Brakes, the food distributor with 8,500 staff, has been acquired by US private equity firm Bain Capital for £877m.