The brand, which has attracted a following among health-food aficionados, has been struggling in a tough market for premium ice- creams and yoghurts.
Although Booker refused to disclose the sale price, the deal is believed to be worth less than Loseley's book value of pounds 3m. It had a turnover of about pounds 9m last year.
Loseley's ice-cream business has been acquired by Tudor Dairies, an independent company, while the chilled business, mainly producing yoghurt, has been bought by Tim Henniker-Parker, an entrepreneur. The disposal is part of Booker's strategy to concentrate on core food manufacturing businesses serving the mass market.
'At the half-year we said that we planned to become more focused,' Jonathan Taylor, Booker's chairman, said. 'It is appropriate that Loseley's ice-cream and yoghurt should be owned and developed separately by companies operating in these specialised markets.'Reuse content