FE Barber, parent company of drinks suppliers Kingsland Wines & Spirits and Legacy Wines, has announced the acquisition of rival Stratford’s Wine Shippers & Merchants out of administration. Stratford’s was placed into administration yesterday (20 September) with TSM Tenon, which said the company had “struggled financially with eroding margins and increased cash demands”. FE Barber today announced that it has bought the business, which will continue to trade as a separate entity from its Berkshire offices. Andy Sagar, managing director of FE Barber, said: “The deal will benefit both parties and provide essential synergies in sales and marketing, buying and the supply chain to grow the business. Stratford’s is a well-established agency in the trade, and their experience will be invaluable in our continued effort to provide a total wine solution for all our customers.” Rob Page, sales and marketing director, said: “We are acquiring some excellent agencies and a distributor with a great reputation. Internally our strategy will develop over the next few months to ensure a smooth integration and to drive the business forward.”