[22 October/NZ Herald]

Walter & Wild, owned by Harry Hart, has agreed to buy I Love Food Co which owned brands such as I Love Pies and I Love Baking. The sum was undisclosed. I Love Food Co had brands in New Zealand supermarkets, and exported products into the Asian and Pacific markets. Mr Hart said I Love Food founders would take up roles at Walter & Wild. One of its founders, Maree Glading, said Walter & Wild was a dynamic company that had a broad fast moving consumer goods portfolio. She added they saw potential for the I Love brand. Co-founder, Jessie Stanley, said since launching the I Love Pies brand, the company had gone on to be stocked in supermarkets across the country, and exported to other regions. She added their focus was on creating good food for busy families. The sale process would be completed by the beginning of November.