Edible oil manufacturer Hop Hing is buying the bankrupt Maria's Bakery chain. The company said it would offer jobs to the bakery's former workers. 'The acquisition is in line with Hop Hing's strategy to broaden its food-related activities,' it said. However, the company did not indicate whether it would honour Maria's cake vouchers. Founder Maria Lee Tsang Chiu-kwan, 70, said she was happy to hear the staff might be re-employed. 'It has been my greatest hope that the workers can keep their jobs. I don't know how many of the workers will be re-employed, but I hope the new company absorbs as many as it can,' she said. Mrs Lee said the bakery's name would be retained. She said most cake vouchers had been settled in previous redemption schemes. More than 540,000 vouchers were redeemed by Maria's rival, the St Honore Cake Shop group. Stephen Liu Yiu-keung, of provisional liquidator Ernst & Young, said the deal had been approved by the courts. But details could not be disclosed because it was still subject to due diligence. Bakery worker Ng Wai-kay, who worked for Maria's for 24 years, said: 'I am happy to hear the news. 'At least we now have a new hope, though we don't know how many of us will be re-employed.' The bakery empire went bankrupt in late April, leaving more than 400 out of work.