Date: July 20 2012
Workers at troubled confectionery maker Darrell Lea have thanked customers, following the doubling of sales since the business went into administration.
And they've urged the public to continue to show their support by buying more rocky road.
Maroso Suwandji and Mick Mehanna face losing their jobs at the Kogarah factory in Sydney's south, but today they were handing out thank-you fliers outside Darrell Lea's George Street city store.
The Australian Manufacturing Workers' Union's secretary of the food and confectionery division, Jennifer Dowell, said customers had helped the company's 700 workers facing redundancy.
"Extra sales is what's generating income which is going to the administrator to pay their wages and to keep the factory open," Ms Dowell said.
"I'm a great lover of rocky road, it's my favourite and Maroso and Mick make licorice so they'll be recommending the licorice."
Darrell Lea's administrators PPB Advisory say they are in talks with 90 local and international parties interested in buying the troubled chocolate business.
Four of the parties, which were involved in sale talks before the company went into voluntary administration 10 days ago, were at a more advanced level of talks, administrator Mark Robinson said.
Mr Robinson was unable to confirm whether any firm offers had been made for Darrell Lea or if the 85-year-old family-owned company would be broken up, but he said the company had managed to double its sales since it went into administration on July 10.
Ms Dowell said the administrators had a four-week window to try and sell the business.
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