400 Darrell Lea workers to lose jobs as customers commence panic buying

A deal has been struck that will see troubled confectionary maker Darrell Lea sold to Queensland-based Quinn family, though 400 workers will still lose their jobs.

The company plans to restructure and will continue to sell its famous confectionary such as Rocklea Road through a network of 1200 retailers.

Administrators took control of the company earlier this year to try and save it from ruin, and was sold to Australia’s largest manufacturer of fresh chilled pet-food, the Quinn family, for an undisclosed sum.

The news of the sale and that the remaining 27 Darrell Lea company-owned stores will cease trading on Sunday, September 9 saw the George Street store flooded with customers stocking up on nostalgic sweets such as liquorice and Rocklea Road.

83 employees will remain at the company and a spokesperson for the Quinn family said that their aim was to ensure that the iconic Darrell Lea brand remained under Australian ownership.

Picture: Luke Marsden

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