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Confectioner New McCowans goes into administration

Highland Toffee and Wham bar manufacturer closes, putting more than 100 jobs at risk in Scotland

The maker of Highland Toffee has gone into administration, putting more than 100 jobs at risk.

The administrators Grant Thornton took over the running of New McCowans on 13 September. A spokeswoman for Grant Thornton said there had been some expressions of interest in the company, which also makes Wham bars, Pan Drops and various boiled sweets.

She said the company had not ceased trading but was closed pending the outcome of the discussions.

New McCowans has factories in Broxburn, West Lothian, and Stenhousemuir, near Falkirk. It employs 103 people.

Highland Toffee was launched by Andrew McCowan in the late 1920s, with the Wham bar introduced in the early 1980s.

Local MP Eric Joyce said he had deep concerns over the future of the company and its brands. “At the moment, there is the possibility that a new buyer can be found,” he said.

“I will remain in close contact with the administrator until such time as the situation becomes clearer,” Joyce said. © 2011 Guardian News and Media Limited or its affiliated companies. All rights reserved. | Use of this content is subject to our Terms & Conditions | More Feeds