A French court has approved partial offers for five of the eight sites operated by Doux Frais, the fresh produce division of French poultry group, which was placed in administration earlier this year.

Doux Frais was placed under a liquidation order on 1 August but was allowed to continue trading until 10 September in order to allow potential buyers to emerge.

The division was not included in a continuation plan for Doux submitted to the same court in July by its founder and main creditor Barclays. The court is due to
examine the plan at a hearing next month.

A spokesman for Doux confirmed to just-food the court’s decision and said under the terms of the takeover offers 721 permanent posts would be saved out of a total 1,620.

The Doux Frais site in Pleucadeuc has been acquired by Galina Doux while the plants in Laval and Sérent are now in the hands of LDC. Glon Sanders (Sofiprotéol),
in association with Duc, have acquired the plants in Boynes and Blancafort. No bids were submitted for the other the sites.

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