Posted on 14 February 2017.
University College Cork has named Professor Thia Hennessy as the new Head of the University’s Department of Food Business and Development. The Department, which is part of the Cork University Business School (CUBS), undertakes teaching and research in the subjects of food business and marketing, international development and co-operative studies.
Professor Ciaran Murphy, head of the business school, says: “Cork University Business School (CUBS) is currently in the midst of an exciting development campaign including the appointment of a number senior staff, the acquisition of the iconic Cork Savings Bank, as well as a plan to construct a new €106 million business school building at a city centre location in Cork. We, at CUBS, recognise the importance of the agri-food sector to the local and national economy of Ireland and it is a key focus of our future development plans. We are delighted that Thia is joining the team and we look forward to building on her extensive experience and industry networks to better support the ongoing growth of the agri-food sector in Ireland.”
Professor Hennessy, an agricultural economist, joins UCC from Teagasc, the Agriculture and Food Development Authority of Ireland, where she was head of Agricultural Economics research for the last ten years. While working at Teagasc Thia developed an international reputation in the area of agricultural policy analysis and farm sustainability research. She also headed up the National Farm Survey, the official source of statistics on farming in Ireland. Under the auspices of the Teagasc-UCC alliance, Thia will continue to work with Teagasc in a part-time capacity on agri-food economic issues of mutual interest.
Professor Hennessy says: “I’m delighted to be joining UCC at an exciting time in the development of the Business School. It is also an exciting time for the agri-food industry in Ireland with the ongoing expansion of the dairy sector, the continued growth in food and drink exports and the looming challenges associated with Brexit and climate change. The need for food graduates and more agri-food business research has never been greater. I look forward to building on UCC’s strong reputation for excellence in teaching and research in Food and to strengthening the collaborative research programme that exists between UCC and Teagasc.”
Posted in Appointments, Research, Training & Education
Posted on 10 February 2017.
Rising stars of the food industry saw and tasted the future when they visited the University of Lincoln’s National Centre for Food Manufacturing (NCFM) as part of their graduate development programmes. The graduates, who are currently part of schemes at Marks & Spencer and Bakkavor, visited NCFM for dedicated training days to experience the technologies that will shape the future of food production.
As a national centre of excellence for food manufacturing, the facility in Holbeach, Lincolnshire, is home to a range of pioneering robotics and automation systems that are set to play a key role in driving productivity and innovation in the sector.
Sharon Green, Deputy Head of NCFM, said: “We are dedicated to supporting the next generation of food manufacturing talent so it is a pleasure to welcome the M&S and Bakkavor graduates to our campus. In the coming years, the projects and technologies we are developing here will transform the sector. By demonstrating the APRIL robotics system and a new steam infusion cooking method at NCFM, we are able to provide a valuable insight into how the future of the industry will look.”
With M&S serving more than 32 million customers online and in-store every year, the company runs a number of different graduate schemes to support retail management, head office, and food manufacturing careers. Colleagues on the organisation’s Graduate Food Technology Scheme visited NCFM to learn how technological advancements could enhance their industry.
Bakkavor is a leading international manufacturer of fresh prepared foods. It currently produces more than 5,000 products and supplies these to global grocery retailers such as M&S, Waitrose, Tesco, Asda, Sainsbury’s and Morrisons, as well as international organisations including McDonald’s, KFC, Starbucks and Pizza Express. NCFM welcomed graduates currently enrolled onto Bakkavor’s Graduate Scheme, which is designed to equip individuals with the skills they need for higher level management.
On their separate development days at NCFM, the graduate trainees were introduced to APRIL (Automated Processing Robotic Ingredient Loading) – a ‘robotic chef’ that combines cutting-edge food processing technologies with proven robotic systems to produce high-quality food on an industrial scale.
Developed by OAL, APRIL is a fully automated robotic system that can mix, load and cook ingredients in a manner similar to professional chefs but in high volume. By using modern cooking and material handling technologies, APRIL is designed to boost production and efficiency while also improving the quality of food produced. APRIL is the first robotic system of its kind and is tipped to transform the food manufacturing industry.
The graduates also learned about advanced steam infusion cooking techniques being developed at NCFM, comparing this to other preparation methods.
Jake Norman, Innovation & Marketing Manager at OAL, said: “These sessions represent a great opportunity for us to learn what future sector leaders expect from food manufacturing, and allow us to demonstrate how robotics and automation will play a key role. We will soon see digital natives driving the move to paperless systems across the food factory, simply because it’s what they are used to.”
Jane Phillips, Graduate Agronomist at M&S, said: “The graduate away day at the National Centre for Food Manufacturing was a fantastic opportunity to explore the future developments within our industry alongside the experts that are at the forefront of these projects.”
To know more about what OAL and the NCFM do, please visit: www.oalgroup.com & www.lincoln.ac.uk/home/holbeach.
Posted in Automation, Innovation, Processing, Training & Education
Posted on 06 February 2017.
2 Sisters Food Group, the UK’s biggest poultry producer, has made two key appointments as it continues on its transformation plan. Peter Judge and Frank Robinson joined the 2 Sisters Food Group poultry division in January.
Peter Judge joins as operations director and will be responsible for aligning individual site performance with the 2 Sisters business objectives. The former chief operating officer of Karro Food Group and Tulip, he has a strong background in business leadership and operational improvement after 30 years’ in food manufacturing and retail.
Peter Judge says: “2 Sisters is a strong business and I’m delighted to join the team at this exciting time. I’ve already met some fantastic people and I think we’ve got a great opportunity to continue to build on the Better Before Bigger strategy.”
Frank Robinson re-joins former Tulip colleague Peter Judge, as commercial director at 2 Sisters and will be responsible for the commercial team and developing effective relationships with all customers. Frank Robinson has 25 years’ experience in the food industry and has held a variety of senior sales and business development roles for some of the UK’s leading food manufacturers.
Frank Robinson remarks: “I’m excited by the opportunity to lead the sales team and work with some old colleagues. The recent investment in Scunthorpe and our Added Value sites will provide us with the platform to drive forward sales with pace and innovation.”
Ranjit Singh, chief executive of 2 Sisters Food Group, says: “Peter and Frank both bring a great depth of food industry experience which will enable us to build on our foundations and push to the next level.”
Posted in Appointments, News
Posted on 31 January 2017.
Clive Black, one of the UK’s top Consumer Analysts, has joined the Advisory Board of Coriolis, a global provider of expertise and experience in the delivery of business transformation to the FMCG sector. Coriolis, which operates globally from offices in Nottingham, UK and Sydney, Australia, has sought to reinforce its understanding of the rapidly moving FMCG marketplace through the appointment of respected advisors, of whom Clive Black is the first.
Mark Dudley, Chairman of Coriolis, says: “Clive’s knowledge and understanding of our markets and the forces that drive them is second to none. I welcome his appointment and look forward to his valued input on how Coriolis can deliver even greater value to our clients.”
Dr Clive Black.
Dr Clive Black, who is Head of Research for Shore Capital, comments: “Coriolis is a tremendously well-respected and renowned advisory business that continues to add recurring value to advanced companies across the world. It is a great privilege to be asked to assist the group’s board on its development plans and I very much look forward to engaging with Mark and his expert team with the aspiration of contributing to further commercial progress.”
Coriolis provides expert advice to its clients with the aim of identifying and practically applying methods to achieve operational financial improvements. Since 1996, Coriolis has advised its diverse client base on a range of issues across the operations spectrum from capacity, cost base and operational footprint, to engineering, reliability, capital projects and supply chain. Among its clients, Coriolis counts some of the biggest names in international FMCG operations including: Associated British Foods, Dairy Crest, Samworth Bros and Lion Co.
Posted in Appointments, Enterprise, News
Posted on 30 January 2017.
Crumb coating innovator and full service provider Crisp Sensation has announced several key appointments that signal the company’s successful growth and expansion plans for markets around the world.
Kees van Doorn – As Crisp Sensation’s R&D Director since the beginning, Kees van Doorn has been deeply involved in the development of the company’s unique technology. In his new post as Director Supply Chain, he will shift his attention to the global supply chain and provide support and guidance for the increasing numbers of Crisp Sensation licensees preparing for market launches.
Christien van Beusekom – will succeed Kees van Doorn as Crisp Sensation’s Chief Technical Officer. She holds a PhD in Pharmacy and has a wealth of R&D experience gained at FrieslandCampina, a major player in global dairy products industry. In her new position, Christien van Beusekom will help foster further technological improvements at Crisp Sensation to meet the requirements of today’s marketplace as well as the company’s licensees.
Henk Spoon – With vast food industry experience gained in senior management roles at companies including P&G and Findus, Henk Spoon has been appointed as Crisp Sensation’s new Chief Marketing Officer. Henk Spoon’s expertise in marketing and consultancy will provide new consumer insights that will enable Crisp Sensation and its licensees to realise exciting new market opportunities that respond to the needs of consumers around the world.
Andries Raven – Crisp Sensation’s final new appointment will see Andries Raven become the company’s Director of Sales for Europe & the Americas. Having previously been CEO of Vleems Food BV, one of Crisp Sensation’s licensees, Andries Raven has first-hand knowledge of the brand’s possibilities. He will now use his extensive commercial and international food industry experience to oversee collaborations with Crisp Sensation licensees across Europe and the Americas.
All appointments are effective as of January 1st, 2017. For more information, please visit http://www.crispsensation.com.
Pictured from left to right: Henk Spoon, Christien van Beusekom and Andries Raven.
Posted in Appointments, Ingredients, Innovation
Posted on 27 January 2017.
Carlsberg Group has announced that Philip A. Hodges will join Carlsberg Group as EVP Supply Chain and member of the Group’s Executive Committee (ExCom) from 1 February 2017, replacing Peter Ernsting who left the company at the end of last year.
Philip A. Hodges brings extensive experience in supply chain and finance from various international positions. He last served as Senior Vice President for Integrated Supply Chain Europe at the global food and beverage company, Mondélez. Previously, Phil has held numerous senior executive and management roles in supply chain, general management, finance and strategy in various countries, amongst them the US, UK, Italy and Singapore.
Philip A. Hodges.
Carlsberg Group CEO, Cees ´t Hart says: “Philip A. Hodges brings a wealth of international experience from very senior supply chain roles at reputable, global companies, and I am sure he will add significant value and new insights to the Group.”
Philip A. Hodges says: “Carlsberg is a fantastic company with a rich heritage, iconic brands and strong potential. The Carlsberg people have been great and very welcoming. They have embarked on an important journey of integrating all Supply Chain functions into a truly End to End approach aimed at optimising performance. I look forward to joining the team and together taking that process to the next level.”
Phil holds a BSc in Management Science and Geology from Keele University (UK), and he started his professional career at Citigroup Investment Banking in 1987. He will be based in Ziegelbrücke, Switzerland.
Posted in Appointments, Supply chain
Posted on 24 January 2017.
French drinks group Remy Cointreau has created a new ‘Whisky Business Unit’ following its recent acquisitions of Domaine des Hautes Glaces in France and Westland Distillery in the USA to further extended its portfolio into the fast growing high-end single malt whisky category. The new unit is headed by Simon Coughlin (pictured right), who is currently chief executive at Bruichladdich, Remy Cointreau’s Scotch whisky operation.
Based in Seattle, Westland Distillery produces whiskey that offers a distinctly American single malt style. Domaine des Hautes Glaces is an organic mountain farm distillery located in the heart of the French Alps.
Simon Coughlin will remain at Islay-based Bruichladdich and take overall control of all three companies. Douglas Taylor (pictured left), currently Global Brand Director, has been appointed chief executive of Bruichladdich. Douglas Taylor joined Bruichladdich in 2011 and has worked closely with Simon Coughlin since that time.
Posted in Appointments, News
Posted on 16 January 2017.
Edrington, the international premium spirits company, has announced a number of leadership changes at its Super Premium, Regional Power Brands and Global Travel Retail Divisions. The moves follow on the decision of Bill Farrar, Managing Director Super Premium, to leave Edrington in June 2017 to pursue new business interests.
Bill’s career with Edrington stretches back to 1989, since which time he has led marketing strategy for several of the world’s most successful spirit brands. He joined the Edrington board in 2003 and has overseen the rapid growth of The Macallan and the development of Edrington’s international distribution businesses. In his current role he has been at the forefront of the company’s innovation team and its fast-growing super premium spirit brands, including Highland Park single malt.
Paul Ross will succeed Bill as Managing Director Super Premium, transferring from his current assignment as President of Edrington Americas. Paul is an experienced international leader who has built the Edrington Americas organisation and delivered exceptional growth during his assignment in New York. Paul will be succeeded as President of Edrington Americas by Chris Spalding, who was heavily involved in the creation of Edrington Americas and is currently Commercial Director, North America.
Edrington has also named Aristotelis ‘Tellis’ Baroutsis as Managing Director of the company’s Regional Power Brands business unit, which is responsible for The Famous Grouse and Cutty Sark blended Scotch whiskies and Brugal rum. Tellis joined Edrington as Managing Director of Edrington Nordics before transferring to Singapore to establish the company’s global travel retail business.
Igor Boyadjian replaces Tellis as Managing Director of Edrington Global Travel Retail in Singapore. Igor was co-owner of the Edrington Fix joint venture, based in Dubai, and brings a deep understanding of the travel retail business to his new role.
Posted in Appointments, Marketing
Posted on 13 January 2017.
Innovation was the focus of a recent seminar attended by one hundred representatives from Northern Ireland’s red meat, pork, poultry and fish sectors in Cookstown. Jointly hosted by Invest Northern Ireland and CAFRE, the event, aimed at encouraging innovation for growth, highlighted the support available through Invest NI and the Food Innovation Centre at CAFRE.
John Hood, Invest NI’s Director of Food and Drink, said: “Our red meat, pork, poultry and fish sectors employ over 11,000 people and last year contributed over £2.4 billion in revenue to the local economy. Together with CAFRE, we want to encourage more businesses operating in these sector to explore innovative measures to support their growth and continued contribution to Northern Ireland’s Agri-Food processing industry.”
He added: “Adding value to products and processes and making efficiencies for example can make a considerable difference to a business’ bottom line. This event will help to improve the competitiveness and capability of local companies as they seek to grow in ever competitive markets outside Northern Ireland.”
Representatives from Moy Park, Food First Consulting and Hannan Meats outlined the importance of innovation in the development of their businesses while Redbrook Ingredients briefed delegates on the current flavour and ingredient trends. The Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board also presented some of the trends and consumer insight for the meat industry.
Joy Alexander, Head of Food Technology, CAFRE, said: “To remain competitive our food businesses must continue to utilise our world class raw materials to produce innovative products which meet the needs of consumers. We at CAFRE, are delighted to once again partner with Invest NI to promote the importance of food innovation and showcase the support services available.”
Invest NI offers free advice and support available in areas such as business information, innovation and technology solutions, research and development, design, e-business, sustainable development, skills and strategy solutions, trade development and food marketing.
Pictured at the event are (left to right): Malachy O’Connor, Retail Consultant; John Hood, Invest NI; Peter Hannan, Hannan Meats; Joy Alexander, CAFRE; Sukhvinder Gill, AHDB; and Guy Wootton, Moy Park.
Posted in Innovation, Training & Education
Posted on 06 January 2017.
Patrick Hughes has been appointed as the new head of Seafood Scotland, the organisation set up ‘by the industry for the industry’ in 1999 to increase the value of return to the Scottish seafood sector. He joins from SAC Consulting, the consulting arm of the Scotland’s Rural College, where he was Senior Food and Drink consultant. He worked closely with emerging and established food & drink businesses across Scotland to highlight best practice, identify collaborative opportunities and facilitate key learnings that would affect growth, profitability and greater commercialisation of the sector.
As part of his previous role, Patrick led the Scottish Government funded Think Local programme followed by Connect Local, Scotland’s local food and drink marketing advisory service launched in July 2016, comprising SAC Consulting, Scotland Food & Drink, SAOS (the Scottish Agricultural Organisation Society) and Seafood Scotland.
Having graduated from The Robert Gordon University in Aberdeen, Patrick then spent just over 20 years working in the seafood sector across the North-East, and it is this combination – of food and drink experience, first-hand seafood knowledge and direct experience as a seafood producer and supplier, that he will bring to the role as Head of Seafood Scotland.
On his ambitions for the role, and Seafood Scotland, Patrick comments: “I am particularly looking forward to tackling some of the significant challenges facing the seafood sector over the next couple of years. In an ever-changing landscape, we don’t yet know what form these challenges will take, so we will need to be adaptable, nimble and receptive to the opportunities that change could bring.
“My remit is to transform Seafood Scotland into a sustainable organisation that will continue to support and grow the sector whilst working closely with the wider food and drink industry and I relish the opportunity to be at the head of the organisation at such a transformative time.”
Seafood Scotland operates worldwide, alongside Government agencies such as Scottish Development International, to promote the wealth of Scottish seafood to a global trade market, which increasingly values the quality and provenance that Scottish seafood is famed for. Focusing on restaurant and catering trade deals, the organisation targets trade buyers, wholesalers, industry influencers and chefs in the US, Europe (including the rest of the UK), the Middle-East and Asia – acting as the conduit between in-country trade markets and Scottish suppliers.
Iain Macsween, Chairman of Seafood Scotland, says: “Patrick’s knowledge of the Seafood sector, alongside his experience of helping businesses develop and grow, made him the natural choice for the role. The Seafood Scotland board looks forward to working with Patrick not only to develop further international opportunities for Scotland’s seafood industry, but also to grow the home market – encouraging chefs and trade suppliers in the UK to source top quality seafood from domestic shores.”
Posted in Appointments, Industry
Posted on 05 January 2017.
Salt of the Earth has appointed David Hart as Business Unit Director. He will report to the CEO and be responsible for global business of Mediterranean Umami, an all-natural sodium reduction solution.
“We are excited to have David join our team,” says Dovik Tal, CEO for Salt of the Earth. “His extensive experience, especially at the nexus of food and health, is a significant addition of capabilities that will drive the growth of our Mediterranean Umami business around the world.”
Hart has more than 12 years of international experience in food, functional food and health ingredients markets. He has held commercial positions in the industry since 2004, including at multinationals LycoRed and Frutarom. In his most recent position, he served as Vice President of Marketing at Qualitas Health; responsible for the creation of global sales and marketing infrastructure for Almega PL, an award-winning, plant-based omega-3 ingredient. Hart holds an M.Sc. in Agricultural and Resource Economics from University of California, Davis.
“Mediterranean Umami is an ‘on-trend’ sodium-reduction solution for the food industry, and a great example of Israeli innovation,” notes Hart. “In addition to its outstanding organoleptic properties, Mediterranean Umami is an all-natural ingredient that enables a clean label in food products. Given regulatory requirements in many countries, food manufacturers are searching for technologies to effectively reduce sodium and enhance umami flavor. It is an honor to join one of the pioneers of the Israeli food industry, and I look forward to contributing to the success of Mediterranean Umami and Salt of the Earth.”
The World Health Organization has issued guidelines for reducing salt intake to less than 5 grams/day (less than 2,000 mg sodium / day), from the current levels of 9-12 grams/day. Per the WHO, reducing salt intake has been identified as one of the most cost-effective measures countries can take to improve population health outcomes as salt intake of less than 5 grams/day for adults helps to reduce blood pressure and risk of cardiovascular disease, stroke and coronary heart attack. The governments of the UK, Israel and the US are among those who have issued regulations regarding sodium-reduction in foods. Given this public health need and regulatory trend, Salt of the Earth has invested significantly in technologies for sodium reduction.
Posted in Appointments, Ingredients
Posted on 16 December 2016.
Tate & Lyle, the global provider of ingredients and solutions to the food, beverage and other industries, has appointed Dr Gerry Murphy (pictured) as a non-executive director and Chairman-designate. He will join the Board on 1 January 2017 and will succeed Sir Peter Gershon as Chairman of the company on 1 April 2017 following Sir Peter’s retirement as a Director on 31 March 2017.
Dr Murphy is Chairman of The Blackstone Group’s principal European entity. His early career was in the food and drinks sector, primarily with Grand Metropolitan plc (now Diageo) and Greencore Group, where he was CEO, before becoming CEO of Exel, Carlton Communications and most recently Kingfisher (2003 to 2008). He is a non-executive Director of British American Tobacco and Intertrust and has held non-executive directorships in a number of London-listed companies including Merlin Entertainments from 2013 to 2015.
Sir Peter Gershon says: “I am delighted to welcome Gerry to the Board of Tate & Lyle and very much look forward to working closely with him during the first quarter of calendar 2017 as we transition the Chairmanship. Gerry’s extensive experience in the food industry and as chief executive, investor and independent director in leading international companies equips him well to guide Tate & Lyle in the years ahead.”
Posted in Appointments, News
Posted on 13 December 2016.
Sodiaal, France’s leading and Europe’s third-largest dairy co-operative, has appointed Jorge Boucas as chief executive, effective 1 February 2017. Jorge Boucas’ role will be to lead Sodiaal’s new strategy aimed at taking the company to the next level in its development. Over the past five years, Sodiaal has grown in size, notably with the successful acquisition of Entremont, developed into a European player active in all dairy sectors and kept its fundamentals strong throughout the dairy industry’s crisis.
Jorge Boucas has served until now as the executive board chairman of the family-owned Roullier Group, a European leader in agricultural supplies. He began his career as a strategy consultant for industrial companies, notably at McKinsey, before joining Roullier as industrial manager in 2004.
Damien Lacombe, chairman of Sodiaal, says: “As the French leader in milk collection and Europe’s third-largest dairy co-operative, we have a major role to play vis-à-vis our French consumers and the global markets for milk and dairy products. That’s why I am very pleased to welcome Jorge Boucas, who, as Sodiaal’s CEO, will take aim at advancing the performance of our co-operative in a meaningful way, to defend the interests of our 20,000 dairy farmers, who produce milk recognized worldwide for its quality. I believe that Jorge will be able to lead our 9,000 employees through this step, crucial to Sodiaal’s development, with strength and enthusiasm.”
Sodiaal is active in all dairy sectors, from cheese (Entremont, Monts & Terroirs, Les Fromageries Occitanes and CF&R), liquid milk, cream and butter (Candia), to dairy nutrition and ingredients (Euroserum, Nutribio, Bonilait, and Regilait), and ultra-fresh and frozen dairy products (Yoplait, Yeo Frais and Boncolac).
Posted in Appointments, News
Posted on 12 December 2016.
The Hain Celestial Group, a leading organic and natural products company with operations in North America, Europe and India, has announced a number of executive team appointments for Hain Celestial United States, Hain Pure Protein Corporation and Hain Celestial United Kingdom.
Gary W Tickle joins Hain Celestial in the US as Chief Operating Officer. He is a proven leader, both in the United States and internationally, having served in various executive roles driving innovation, global strategy development and execution at Nestlé Group. Gary most recently served as President and Chief Executive Officer of Nestle Infant Nutrition North America with responsibility for the Gerber and Nestle brands.
Jerome ‘Jay’ W. Erskin joins Hain Celestial United States as Chief Supply Chain Officer. He is a results oriented operations executive with strong experience in the food and beverage industries in the United States, having started his business career at Kraft Foods Inc. as a Manufacturing and Procurement Manager.
The Hain Celestial Group, Inc. (PRNewsFoto/The Hain Celestial Group, Inc.)
James R Meiers has been appointed Chief Executive Officer of Hain Pure Protein Corporation overseeing the Empire® Kosher, Plainville Farms® and FreeBird® poultry brands and the protein business of Hain Celestial in addition to his responsibilities as Chief Operations Officer at Hain Celestial, including the company’s recently announced Project Terra worldwide cost savings initiative.
In the United Kingdom, James Skidmore has been appointed Chief Executive Officer Hain Daniels, having joined the company with the Orchard House Foods acquisition in December 2015. James is responsible for the Hain Daniels business with its Grocery, Fruit and Chilled and Frozen business units featuring the Hartley’s®, New Covent Garden Soup Co. ®, Linda McCartney’s®, Sun-Pat® and Robertson’s® brands, among others.
“We are very pleased to announce the appointment of these seasoned consumer packaged foods industry executives. They further strengthen our worldwide leadership team and their future contributions will be invaluable as Hain Celestial grows to the next level internationally with the strength of our diversified portfolio of organic, natural and better-for-you brands,” comments Irwin D Simon, Founder, President and Chief Executive Officer, Hain Celestial.
Posted in Appointments, News
Posted on 25 November 2016.
Matcon, the specialist in IBC (Intermediate Bulk Container) Systems, has announced that Israr Ghulam has joined the company as Finance Director. Israr succeeds Stephen Ball who, as previously announced, was appointed to the position of Managing Director at Matcon in January 2016.
Israr will manage his duties alongside his other position as Finance and Site Director of Gast Europe (based in Redditch), which is also part of the IDEX Corporation.
An experienced finance professional, Israr has extensive corporate experience and joined IDEX in November 2014, having previously worked as Finance Director for Eaton, a Power Management Solutions provider. This role involved the overseeing of Finance functions across two manufacturing sites, one in the West Midlands and another in France. Prior to this, Israr held a finance position at Mettler-Toledo, a respected supplier of Matcon.
Israr will be responsible for all elements of the finance function for Matcon and will ensure that Matcon’s finance team evolves in tandem with its business growth initiatives.
Commenting on his appointment, Israr said “Joining the Matcon team is an exciting challenge and I am looking forward to working with the wider team as well as combining this role with my existing position at GAST.”
Headquartered at Evesham in the UK, Matcon specialise in providing IBC (Intermediate Bulk Container) Systems for handling and processing powders, granules, tablets and capsules. The company’s unique Cone Valve technology has a world-wide reputation built on 35 years of experience across the food, pharmaceutical and chemical sectors.
Posted in Appointments, Logistics, Packaging, Supply chain
Posted on 14 November 2016.
Damian Gammell will succeed John F Brock, who is retiring, as chief executive of Coca-Cola European Partners on28 December, 2016. Coca-Cola European Partners is the result of the merger of three Coca-Cola bottlers in Western Europe – Coca-Cola Enterprises, Coca-Cola Iberian Partners and Germany-based Coca-Cola Erfrischungsgetranke. Coca-Cola European Partners operates more than 50 bottling plants, employs approximately 25,000 people and generates volume sales of 2.5 billion unit cases.
Damian Gammell is currently chief operating officer of Coca-Cola European Partners. Prior to this, he served as chief executive of Anadolu EFES , one of the world’s largest beverage companies and chief executive of Coca-Cola Icecek, the world’s fourth largest Coca-Cola bottler. During his 25-year career with the Coca-Cola system, Damian Gammell served as head of The Coca-Cola Company’s operations in Germany and Russia, and worked in parts of Eastern Europe, the Middle East, Asia and Australia.
“The board of directors would like to thank John Brock for his leadership in establishing the strong foundation from which our new business operates,” says Sol Daurella, chairman of Coca-Cola European Partners. “John and Damian were both instrumental in the creation of Coca-Cola European Partners. Damian is an exceptional leader who has the vision, experience and dynamism we need to transform and grow the business into the future. Our board of directors has every confidence in him and his ability to drive long-term growth and shareowner value. Together, John and Damian will ensure a smooth transition, and we have the right leadership to ensure Coca-Cola European Partners is well placed to realise its potential.”
“The non-alcoholic ready-to-drink beverage category in Western Europe represents significant potential for growth. We have created the platform to capture that opportunity and have already begun to see benefits coming from the merger. I know that with Damian as its leader, the company is ready to build on this momentum and realize the opportunities that lie ahead,” says John Brock.
“Driven by the needs of our customers and focused on how we serve our local markets, Coca-Cola European Partners will unlock the opportunity that exists in this category and win in Western Europe,” says Damian Gammell. “It will be an honour to lead this company and work alongside some of the best people in the business and the world’s most loved brands, aligned behind one roadmap for success.”
Pictured (left to right): Damian Gammell, Sol Daurella and John F Brock.
Posted in Appointments, News
Posted on 08 November 2016.
AutoCoding Systems, software specialist in packaging device automation and data integrity, has announced the appointment of Graeme Hartley (pictured) as Business Development Manager covering the North of England and Scotland. Graeme has a wealth of experience initially gained in engineering giving him the necessary knowledge early in his career to move into a Sales Engineer role. Since then he has held various sales and sales management positions within both automation manufacturing and system integration.
He has spent several years working for a leading UK System Integrator where he gained valuable experience in the sale of large scale automation, SCADA and MES systems. Graeme has an established technical sales background which will be invaluable as he continues to develop new opportunities in the North of England and Scotland, as well as maintaining AutoCoding Systems’ established customer base in these areas.
Graeme comments: “I am delighted to be joining AutoCoding Systems Ltd at such an exciting time, when we have a new ‘world-class’ coding and packaging verification solution available to the global market place. I’m looking forward to bringing the expertise and knowledge that I have gained in previous roles whilst working for major automation manufacturers and system integrators across a multitude of industries in the UK.”
AutoCoding Systems has enjoyed considerable growth over the last couple of years not only in the UK, but also in the US and Australia. Their success in new markets has led to an extensive recruitment drive in the areas of sales, technical support and software development.
Posted in Appointments, Packaging
Posted on 31 October 2016.
Bord Bia, has announced the appointment of Tara McCarthy (pictured) as Chief Executive. Ms McCarthy will succeed current Chief Executive, Aidan Cotter, who will retire in January 2017. Ms McCarthy, who was appointed following a rigorous and competitive process overseen by the Board of Bord Bia, is Chief Executive of Bord Iascaigh Mhara (BIM), since September, 2015. Prior to this, she worked with Bord Bia for over 20 years, holding a number of senior positions, including Senior Manager, Consumer Foods Division (2001–2011), and Director, Food and Beverage Division (2011–2015). She holds a B.Comm from University College Galway and a Masters of Business Studies from UCD’s Michael Smurfit Graduate Business School.
Michael Carey, Chairman of Bord Bia, comments: “On behalf of the Board, I am delighted to announce the appointment of Tara McCarthy to Chief Executive of Bord Bia. Tara has clearly demonstrated her leadership capabilities during a 20-year career in the agri-food industry. The competition for the role was very intense and throughout the robust process, the panel was hugely impressed by the high calibre of candidates. Tara is exceptionally well qualified to take the organisation to the next level, with a deep understanding of the work of Bord Bia. She has proven to be a strong leader and fully appreciates the need to build close relationships with the organisation’s key stakeholders. I am confident that Tara will meet any challenges facing the sector, and pursue new opportunities, with vision, determination and imagination.”
Ms McCarthy says: “It is an honour to be asked to lead Bord Bia during what is a very exciting time for the Irish food and drink industry. Our total exports target of €19 billion, as set out by FoodWise 2025, is ambitious, yet achievable, and I am looking forward to working with all stakeholders, including farmers, food manufacturers and producers in order to reach that goal. I want to pay tribute to my predecessor, Aidan Cotter, and I hope to build upon his outstanding work over the coming years.”
Posted in Appointments, Marketing, News
Posted on 21 October 2016.
The Irish Whiskey Association has launched a landmark new mentoring programme, which will bring established global players in the Irish whiskey industry together with new entrants to the market. The aim of this unique new mentoring programme is to ensure that new entrants to the category have access to the information and support they need to produce high quality Irish whiskey that global consumers expect.
The Irish whiskey market is the fastest growing spirits category in the world and has grown by an impressive 200% in the last decade. This unique programme will see established industry leaders mentor new entrants in the market and provide them with the necessary support and guidance to ensure the success not only of their new businesses but also the future and growth of the Irish whiskey category. The programme kicked off with a workshop hosted by the Irish Whiskey Association where industry experts from a number of companies shared their knowledge on issues such as production, health and safety, licensing requirements, branding and route to market.
The programme will consist of three further stages and participants will be able to access a new one stop shop online portal to help them plan their business. Stages 3 and 4 will focus on active mentoring where mentor companies such as Irish Distillers and Bushmills will be paired with new entrants. These stages will involve planning, design, construction and commissioning. The last stage will focus on production, highlighting the importance of ensuring that the high quality premium nature of the category is maintained.
Miriam Mooney, Head of the Irish Whiskey Association, says: “This is a unique programme which will see industry leaders support new market entrants and showcases the collegiality amongst industry and members of the Irish Whiskey Association. The mentor companies will share information, expertise and knowledge with new entrants enabling them to plan and succeed in the Irish whiskey business whilst at the same time upholding the integrity of the brand.”
Participant in the new mentoring programme, Bernard Walsh, Chairman of the Irish Whiskey Association and CEO of Walsh Distillery, says: “The Irish whiskey industry is at a pivotal moment in its history. We know that there is huge consumer appetite for our products globally, we only have to look across the water to Scotland with 108 distilleries in operation to see what’s possible. This initiative today is very welcome and the mentor companies are to be applauded for investing their expertise in new projects, to ensure high standards are maintained. For the industry to grow and compete internationally with scotch and bourbon products we cannot compromise on quality. The advice and support of industry experts is invaluable in helping companies navigate what can be difficult and complex issues.”
David Quinn, Technical Director, Irish Distillers, comments; “Irish Distillers are delighted to be taking part in what is an industry first and we look forward to working with new entrants to the sector to provide both advice and practical support. We all share a passion for creating a quality product and are committed to the protection of this globally recognised brand.”
Posted in Enterprise, News, Training & Education
Posted on 06 October 2016.
Large numbers of beef farms attended the recent Teagasc National Beef Conference. The theme for the conference was putting ‘Practice into Profit’, and speaking at the opening of the conference, Teagasc Director, Professor Gerry Boyle said: “Teagasc through its research, advisory and education programmes will continue to play a huge role in working with farmers and the beef industry to ensure that technologies, such as those that were discussed today, would be put into practice on farms, thus leading to more sustainable and profitable beef systems on Irish farms over the coming years.”
Rob Prendiville, Teagasc researcher, presented the latest research coming from Johnstown Castle where many different systems of dairy calf-to-beef have been evaluated in recent years. His key message was: “Systems that utilise high quantities of pasture and which are focused on high output per hectare are fundamental to the profitability of calf to beef systems.”
Martin Kavanagh, consultant vet with Cow Solutions, gave a paper on the practical factors which affect calf health in indoor calf rearing systems. Martin Kavanagh emphasised that: “The environment the young calf is in is critical in maintaining the health of bought in calves and that good management input can solve many issues that otherwise would compromise the immune system and disease burdens on these calves.”
Alan Kehoe, a young beef farmer from County Wexford, explained how he has built up a calf to beef enterprise on his home farm since returning from Australia in 2012. He now rears 120 calves each year and brings them through to beef. Alan Kehoe said: “The three year plan I put in place with my Teagasc advisor set clear targets for me to achieve and by following this plan, especially in the areas of grassland management, I am on target to return a gross margin of over €1,200 per hectare from my beef enterprise in 2018.”
Thierry Pabiou of ICBF presented a paper on behalf of Laurent Griffon of the Institut de l’Elevage in Paris. He outlined how the French beef cattle performance recording system is collecting the weights from over 1.2 million beef animals on farms before they are 300 days of age, and that this level of recording is the base of the French national beef breeding scheme. This was followed by a paper given by County Tipperary suckler farmer, David Clarke, who explained that through the recording of calving and breeding data, along with birth and weaning liveweights over a long number of years, the accuracy of the replacement index of the suckler cows on his farm were now much higher than the national average which gives him the confidence to make much more informed breeding decisions when it comes to selecting which animals he will breed from.
The last paper of the conference was presented by Teagasc geneticist, Donagh Berry, who described how over the coming years beef genomics will be about much more than just increasing the reliability of the beef breeding indices. He said: “There are many uses for genomics including parentage verification, mating advice to minimise inbreeding, monitoring of major genes or unfavourable DNA mutations, as well as increased accuracy of genetic evaluations.”
The full proceedings for the Teagasc National Beef Conference are available at
Pictured at the Teagasc National Beef Conference were from (L to R): Rob Prendiville, Beef Researcher, Teagasc; Martin Kavanagh, Consultant Vet, Cow Solutions; Professor Gerry Boyle, Teagasc, Director; and Tom Kellegher, Regional Manager – Roscommon/Longford, Teagasc.
Posted in Agriculture, Conferences & Exhibitions, Training & Education
Posted on 03 October 2016.
The National Farmers Union (NFU) in Britain has appointed a director to lead its newly-created Brexit Unit as the organisation moves to strengthen and extend its political reach in the wake of the EU Referendum. Nick von Westenholz will join the NFU as Director of EU Exit and International Trade to ensure the NFU has a co-ordinated and constant presence in its Brexit conversations with government in the crucial months ahead.
The new Brexit team is part of the NFU’s strategy to refocus and strengthen both its government and external affairs teams in London, to ensure it continues to have the impact needed on behalf of its 46,000 farmer and grower members as all-important Brexit negotiations get underway.
Nick von Westenholz.
NFU Director General Terry Jones says: “We have made no secret of our determination to seize the opportunities offered by the forthcoming Brexit deals to ensure that British farming has a profitable and productive future and is able to seize and capitalise on new opportunities. Farming and food production is politically and strategically important for the UK; farming provides the raw ingredients for the UK’s food and drink sector worth £108 billion, supporting 3.9 million jobs for people nation-wide as well as delivering high quality, traceable food for a growing population.”
He adds: “In the coming weeks and months ahead it is essential that food and farming is front and centre of any talks about the UK’s relationship with Europe and the rest of the world and I am confident the building blocks being put in place now will ensure the NFU is able to work with the two new Government departments, Exiting the EU and International Trade.”
Mr von Westenholz is rejoining the NFU from his current post as chief executive of the Crop Protection Association. He is a trained barrister and previously worked with the NFU as its head of government affairs. He says: “I’m delighted to be taking up this new post at the NFU at such a critical time for UK agriculture. While Brexit presents clear challenges to UK farming in the coming years, if we get it right it offers the prospect of an exciting future, both to the benefit of domestic food production and our precious natural environment. The NFU has shown a strong intent to be on the front foot in getting the best out of Brexit for British farmers and I’m immensely excited about stepping up to that task on behalf of the NFU’s members.”
Posted in Agriculture, Appointments, News
Posted on 03 October 2016.
As part of its investment in comprehensive support services, SPX FLOW has released a new video that provides maintenance personnel with detailed instruction and training on how to inspect and maintain its leading APV Gaulin homogenizers. SPX FLOW’s APV Gaulin range of homogenizers have been proven to offer leading dispersion results across a wide range of applications into a variety of industries including dairy, food, beverage, cosmetics and pharmaceuticals. The experience and understanding SPX FLOW has of this process ensures optimal results for even the most sophisticated emulsions. To preserve optimum performance, however, the equipment needs to be properly maintained. A new step-by-step online video gives maintenance personnel clear and detailed instructions on how to remove and inspect packing gland components, plungers and check valves as well as inspection of drive belts to ensure machine reliability and performance is well maintained.
SPX FLOW’s growing library of online service videos helps to support its customers as efficiently as possible; giving them easy access to the information they need to keep their process equipment operating smoothly and economically. The videos provide clear and easy to follow visual guides that technicians can use to make sure work is being carried out correctly and safely while utilizing genuine SPX FLOW parts.
The new APV Gaulin homogenizer maintenance and inspection training video can be found on SPX FLOW’s YouTube channel.
Posted in Processing, Training & Education
Posted on 29 September 2016.
Luis Cantarell, Executive Vice President and Head of Zone EMENA at Nestlé, is retiring on 31 December 2016 after a long and distinguished career of 40 years in the group. Since joining the Nestlé Executive Board in 2005, Luis Cantarell led Zone Europe, was instrumental in the creation of the Nestlé Nutrition globally managed business, launched Nestlé Health Science and over the past two years successfully shaped the new Zone EMENA organisation.
As a consequence of his retirement, the Nestlé Board of Directors has decided a number of changes to the Executive Board.
Marco Settembri, currently Executive Vice President and Head of Nestlé Waters, will succeed Luis Cantarell as Executive Vice President and Head of Zone EMENA, effective 1st January 2017.
Marco Settembri, an Italian citizen with a business degree from the Bocconi University in Milan, joined Nestlé Italy in 1987. In 2004 he was appointed Managing Director of Sanpellegrino and in 2006 his responsibilities were extended when he became Market Head in Italy. In 2007 he was appointed CEO of Nestlé Purina PetCare Europe. Under his leadership petcare became one of Nestlé’s largest and most profitable businesses in Europe. Marco Settembri joined the Executive Board as Head of Nestlé Waters in 2013.
Maurizio Patarnello, currently Market Head of Nestlé Russia and Eurasia Region, will be appointed Deputy Executive Vice President and Head of Nestlé Waters, effective 1st January 2017 to succeed Marco Settembri.
Maurizio Patarnello, an Italian citizen, has a MBA from Naples University. He joined the Group in 1993 and held several positions in finance before moving to Sanpellegrino in 1999. Since 2002 he held positions of increasing responsibility within the Nestlé Waters business and was appointed Chief Operating Officer and Regional Business Head for Nestlé Waters Middle East and Africa in 2004, with the responsibility of Nestlé Waters Asia added in 2007. In October 2010, Maurizio Patarnello was promoted to Market Head for Ukraine and Moldova. He moved to his current role in October 2012.
Furthermore, the Nestlé Board of Directors has decided to change the business structure for Nestlé Professional from a globally managed business to a regionally managed business supported by a Nestlé Professional Strategic Business Unit, due to increasing demand for more customized products and services on a local and regional basis often linked with developments in the in-home business. In this new set-up the regional managers will report directly into their respective geographical zones. This will allow a better leverage of the Group strengths, facilitate greater focus on customers and enhance alignment and execution in each region and market, whilst ensuring full coherence with the Nestlé Professional Beverages and Food categories strategy.
As a consequence Martial Rolland, currently Head of Nestlé Professional, will take over responsibility as Market Head of Nestlé Russia and Eurasia Region effective 1st January 2017.
Posted in Appointments, News
Posted on 26 September 2016.
ARYZTA, the global speciality bakery and food group, has announced some significant board changes. Gary McGann is joining the board as chairman and Rolf Watter is to join as a non-executive director. The appointments are subject to approval by ARYZTA shareholders at its upcoming AGM (13 December 2016).
Retiring chairman Denis Lucey comments: “The board is delighted to have secured the services of Mr McGann and Prof Watter. Gary and Rolf bring a wealth of experience, expertise and capability which will serve the Board and the shareholders.”
Gary Mc Gann has extensive experience in leading, managing and governance of major global businesses. He is currently chairman of Paddy Power Betfair Plc., one of the leading sports betting and gaming groups in the world. Mr McGann is also a current director of Smurfit Kappa Group plc, Green REIT plc, and MPS plc.
Rolf Watter has been a partner at the Zurich law firm Bar & Karrer since 1994. He specialises in M&A and capital market transactions and is a leading expert in corporate governance. He is currently chairman of PostFinance AG and serves as a non-executive director of AW Faber Castell AG and AP Alternative Portfolio AG. He is a member of the Regulatory Board of the SIX Swiss Exchange and is also a professor of law at the University of Zurich.
ARYZTA is based in Zurich, Switzerland, with operations in North America, South America, Europe, Asia, Australia and New Zealand. ARYZTA has a primary listing on the SIX Swiss Exchange and a secondary listing on the ISE Irish Exchange.
Posted in Appointments, News
Posted on 26 September 2016.
Brakes Group, a leading supplier to the food service sector in the UK, Ireland, France and Sweden, has announced the appointment of Ton Christiaanse as its new UK CEO, replacing Phil Wieland who will be leaving the business to pursue other interests early in 2017. Christiaanse brings with him a wealth of food experience having held leadership roles in a number of organisations, including Unilever, Farm Frites and Vion, and most recently as Chairman of AK Stoddart, the leading Scottish beef processor. As one of the UK’s food experts Ton will also remain a strategic advisor to the Acoura board, the UK’s largest independent provider of risk solutions to the food and drink industry.
Christiaanse, who will report to Group CEO Ken McMeikan, will assume responsibility from Wieland on 1 January 2017 after spending time being introduced to the specifics of the business and operations in the wider group.
It has also been confirmed that Duncan Gibson, Managing Director Corporate, Public and Logistics, will leave Brakes early in 2017 after six years with the business. Gibson’s team will report directly to Christiaanse.
Posted in Appointments, News
Posted on 21 September 2016.
Greencore Group has appointed Eoin Tonge (pictured) as chief financial officer and as a director of the group, with effect from 3 October 2016. He will replace Alan Williams, who will be leaving Greencore after nearly six years to become the chief financial officer of Travis Perkins plc. Alan Williams will step down on 3 October, but will work closely with Eoin Tonge and the wider Greencore leadership team until the end of 2016 to ensure a smooth period of transition.
Eoin Tonge joined Greencore in early 2006 as group capital markets director, with responsibility for treasury, investor relations, and group communications. He was promoted to group strategy and corporate development director in 2009. Since 2014 he has been managing director of Greencore’s Grocery Division in the UK. He has been a member of the group’s executive board since its inception in 2012. Eoin Tonge worked for Goldman Sachs from 1994 to 2005, holding a variety of finance, treasury and capital market roles in London, Hong Kong and New York. He holds a First Class Honours degree in Engineering from University College Dublin.
Eoin Tonge will be replaced as managing director of the Grocery Division by Nigel Blakey, who is currently that division’s finance director.
Posted in Appointments
Posted on 19 September 2016.
Head of Arla’s South East Asian business, Patrik Hansson, is to return to Sweden as the new head of Arla’s Swedish business from 1 November. He will take over from Henri de Sauvage who announced he is leaving Arla to pursue external opportunities.
Earlier this year, Henri de Sauvage announced that he would leave Arla towards the end of the year to pursue external opportunities and a process began to find his successor. Henri has agreed to stay connected to Arla as an external strategic advisor to develop Arla’s Foodservice business in Europe.
“Henri has done an excellent job for Arla both in Sweden and at Group level. I would have liked for him to have continued in his current role. Henri has, however, chosen to move on. Therefore, I am particularly pleased that he has agreed to continue to be connected to Arla and work with us to further develop our Foodservice business in Europe,” says Peder Tuborgh, CEO of Arla Foods.
The new head of Arla’s Swedish business has a lot to offer in terms of skills and experience.
Patrik Hansson has a thorough understanding of the Swedish market and knows Arla’s strengths and challenges. He joined Arla Sweden in 2011 with responsibility for the cheese, butter and fruit drinks business in Sweden. Prior to this Patrik had close to 20 years’ experience in marketing, sales and finance in international fast moving consumer goods companies. In 2015, Patrik was appointed head of Arla’s business in South East Asia where he has made SEA one of Arla’s fastest growing regions globally.
“It will be great to return back to the fantastic organisation in Sweden and lead the future development of our consumer and customer offerings. Arla is a great company that has gone through tough times lately. I am convinced our natural healthy products, together with the cooperative model, are a winning recipe with tomorrow’s consumers,” says Patrik Hansson.
A process to find Patrik Hanson’s replacement has been initiated.
Posted in Appointments
Posted on 12 August 2016.
Edrington, the international premium spirits company, has appointed Paul Hyde to the position of chief financial officer.
Paul Hyde is a chartered accountant who joined the company in 1997 and occupied a number of senior finance roles before becoming the company’s strategy and development director.
He was appointed to the Edrington Board in 2015 as managing director of regional power brands. In this role he has combined the leadership of Edrington’s blended Scotch whisky and rum portfolio – The Famous Grouse, Cutty Sark, and Brugal – with geographical responsibility for Europe, the Middle East, Africa, and the Dominican Republic.
Ian Curle, chief executive of Edrington, says: “I’m very pleased to confirm that Paul will become Edrington’s chief financial officer. He has made a significant contribution to the company’s development over a period spanning nearly 20 years. His extensive commercial experience and leadership qualities will be invaluable for this key board appointment.”
Posted in Appointments, News
Posted on 27 July 2016.
‘Because education matters’ is the motto of Austria’s HAAS, a company which is engaged in supporting a bakery apprentice workshop and helping needy children in Korogocho, a slum on the outskirts of Nairobi, Kenya. Irene Kapaun, HAAS Marketing Communication & Public Relations Manager recently visited Nairobi in order to report about the project’s progress.
Streets are choked in garbage in Korogocho. There is no sewage system. During periods of rainfall the entire area is flooded and wastewater flows through the provisional barracks. Water is expensive, scarce and frequently polluted.
“We want to help create a future worth living for Korogocho’s children,” Irene Kapaun explained. Active measures against malnutrition amongst children include the establishment of an integrated training bakery at a local school. HAAS supports a project entitled ‘bread and education for a better future’, which ensures that children are not only offered a nutritious meal every day, but also an education enabling them to provide for themselves as adults.
Within the project, 98 children in primary schools are cared for. In addition to one hot meal every day children are provided with fresh fruit as well as basic medical care.
Schools and Apprenticeships
The project’s team helps children regain a normal life with structured daily routines. A special rehabilitation program helps drug addicted children, but above all, the school offers psycho-social support, a sort of home, a secure space. “The measures have changed their lives dramatically: They have found their self-esteem, they have new hope for the future,” said Irene Kapaun.
Once the children finish school they can enrol in apprenticeship courses to become bakers. A European master baker trains the young students in collaboration with African bakers. “In these two-year courses students learn the basic skills of the bakery trade and after graduation, they are well equipped to find employment or to open their own businesses: Well trained professionals are still hard to find in Nairobi,” Irene Kapaun pointed out.
“A lack of education results in a lack of self-confidence and courage. Adults who are well-trained and educated will become self-sufficient and able to lead independent lives. With the financial support of ‘bread and education for a better future’ we are helping to give the children in the slums of Nairobi an education and an opportunity to learn a promising profession,” she said.
Haas supports the bakery until the end of 2016. “We are very happy, that the bakery will be able to finance itself until the end of the year. Congratulations to our project partners! Education is still close to our hearts and therefore we will continue our engagement in the future.” Irene Kapaun noticed in advance.
Posted in CSR, Training & Education
Posted on 07 July 2016.
As British industry faces an unprecedented set of challenges, senior leaders in food and drink have announced the launch of a major project designed to help the sector boost productivity. The food and drink sector has a strong record on productivity growth, outstripping overall UK productivity and many global competitors.
But food and drink manufacturing is facing skills gaps in key technical and scientific areas, and an ageing workforce, with 130,000 new employees needed by 2024.
Food and drink business leaders have therefore come together to take steps to ensure that productivity gains are sustained and they can recruit and retain the next generation of food engineers, scientists and leaders. The Food and Drink Federation (FDF) and National Skills Academy for Food and Drink, working alongside apetito, Butt Foods, Nestlé, Mars, Mondeléz International and Premier Foods, have identified essential steps to maintaining the talent pipeline.
The key findings and business actions under the project, which forms part of Sir Charlie Mayfield’s Productivity Review, have been captured in a new report – ‘Unlocking Talent – The Key to Driving Food and Drink Productivity’.
Dame Fiona Kendrick (pictured), CEO of Nestlé UK and FDF President, comments: “As the largest sector of UK manufacturing, food and drink has an enormous contribution to make to boosting the productivity of the economy. Since 2009, productivity performance in food and drink has increased by 11%. We’ve got a great productivity story to tell, but we also know we have more to do. Bringing the right people with the right skills in to our businesses is central – the skills gap facing food and drink is not new, but the need to close it has never been more urgent.
She adds: “Our priorities are to increase the quantity and quality of our apprenticeships, improve our engagement with schools and our collaboration with Higher and Further Education and showcase the exciting career opportunities on offer.”
FDF Director General Ian Wright CBE says: “While UK industry now faces a period of unprecedented uncertainty, it is clear that a large proportion of our talented and highly skilled workforce is moving inexorably towards retirement. This creates a skills gap in key areas. That poses a big challenge for the industry and a massive opportunity for new entrants to the labour market seeking highly skilled, well-paid careers in a dynamic industry. Food and drink manufacturers need more of the right skills across a range of areas to continue to drive future innovation to support our UK competitive advantage.
Posted in News, Recruitment
Posted on 29 June 2016.
Ulf Mark Schneider (pictured) will become the new CEO of Nestlé, starting on 1 January 2017. He will replace current CEO Paul Bulcke, who is due to succeed Peter Brabeck-Letmathe as Chairman of Nestlé.
Peter Brabeck-Letmathe, having served Nestlé for 50 years, of which 14 years on the Executive Board, 11 years as CEO and 12 years as Chairman, will have reached the mandatory age of retirement and is to relinquish all his board functions.
The Nestlé board of directors has decided to propose Paul Bulcke for election as Chairman at the next Annual General Meeting on 6 April 2017. In order to prepare for this future role as active, non-executive Chairman and respect a minimum cooling-off period, Paul Bulcke will resign from his present position as CEO on 31 December 2016.
Paul Bulcke was appointed CEO and member of the board of directors on 10 April 2008 and, under his successful leadership at the helm of the company for over 8 years, Nestlé has experienced industry-outperforming development and made further progress in its journey to become the leading Nutrition, Health and Wellness company.
The Nestlé board has also reconfirmed the long-term orientation for Nestlé as a Nutrition, Health and Wellness company and expressed the intention of fully integrating both Nestlé Health Science and Nestlé Skin Health into the Nestlé organization reporting directly to the CEO of Nestlé from 1 January 2017.
Ulf Mark Schneider has been CEO of Fresenius Group since 2003. Fresenius, which offers high-quality products and services for dialysis, hospitals and outpatient treatments, has prospered strongly under the leadership of Ulf Schneider over the past 13 years. Today, with over 220,000 employees in more than 100 countries and annual sales €28 billion, Fresenius is one of the world’s leading diversified healthcare companies.
In order to ensure a smooth hand-over phase, Ulf Mark Schneider will join Nestlé on 1 September 2016 for an introductory period. Together with Paul Bulcke, who is highly experienced in the area of fast moving consumer goods, the new team is ideally suited to accelerate Nestlé’s journey to become the world’s preeminent Nutrition, Health and Wellness company whilst fostering Nestlé’s values and principles.
Nestlé Chairman Peter Brabeck-Letmathe comments: “With the proposed appointment of Paul Bulcke as Chairman of the board and Ulf Mark Schneider as CEO, the board has increased the company’s capabilities to accelerate Nestlé’s journey to become the world’s preeminent player in the Nutrition, Health and Wellness sector. Together with our excellent executive team, Nestlé is well prepared to face the increasingly difficult external environment and deliver on both its long-term and short-term performance goals.”
Nestlé CEO Paul Bulcke says: “I thank the board for their confidence in proposing me as Chairman and I’m looking forward to working with Ulf Mark Schneider for Nestlé’s continued success. Ulf Mark Schneider brings to Nestlé a wealth of proven and seasoned professional and personal skills which will blend very well with Nestlé’s experienced management and company culture.”
Ulf Mark Schneider remarks: “I am honored and excited to have the opportunity to join Nestlé. This is a truly iconic global company with a proud heritage and tremendous future prospects. With consumers around the world taking a deeper interest in their personal health and wellbeing, Nestlé’s industry-leading global food and beverage business positions it well for advancing the vision of Nutrition, Health and Wellness. I very much look forward to working with the Nestlé team and all Nestlé stakeholders as we continue to pursue this vision.”
Posted in Appointments, News
Posted on 29 June 2016.
Pernod Ricard UK has announced that Denis O’Flynn has decided to leave the group at the end of September. Laurent Pillet, currently CEO of Pernod Ricard, Sub-Saharan Africa, will replace Denis O’Flynn as Pernod Ricard UK Managing Director.
Denis O’Flynn comments: “I have thoroughly enjoyed the last five years at Pernod Ricard UK. Working with a great team, I am proud of our continued progress in both the on and off trade and our increased market share as well as the consolidation of our company strategy ‘Shaping the Nation’s Drinking Experiences’. I am also honoured to have been the Chairman of the WSTA and to get to know so many people through the last few important years for the UK drinks industry. My decision to leave is the right one for me and my family and I am delighted to be returning to Dublin to be with them. I leave a great team at Pernod Ricard UK who will take the business to the next level.”
Posted in Appointments, News
Posted on 14 June 2016.
John Hyman (pictured right) has been selected to succeed Brian Young (pictured left) as chief executive of the British Frozen Food Federation. John Hyman, a highly experienced food industry professional, was previously UK group commercial director at Adelie Foods and has held senior roles at First Drinks, Dairy Crest, Heinz and Arla.
John Hyman comments: “I’m delighted to be joining such a dynamic and successful federation. The frozen food industry is a real success story. Every day of the week our members provide delicious, nutritious and affordable food to millions of consumers and diners in households and catering establishments across the UK. In the last decade, Brian and the BFFF team have developed the federation to become one of the leading trade associations in the food industry. I’m looking forward to building on that success and representing our members as effectively as possible.”
John Hyman will start on August 17 and work alongside Brian Young until he formally retires towards the end of 2016.
The search for a new chief executive was announced last November by BFFF president, Peter Allan, at the federation’s annual lunch.
Brian Young has been chief executive of the trade body for almost 10 years. In that time BFFF has increased its membership, modernised its structure and launched a range of new services including an annual business conference.
Posted in Appointments, Industry
Posted on 07 June 2016.
Swiss confectionery group Lindt & Sprüngli has announced that Ernst Tanner, President & CEO, has decided to focus on the role as Executive Chairman by the end of 2016. At the same time the board of directors has appointed Dr Dieter Weisskopf, Group Chief Financial Officer, as new Group Chief Executive Officer.
Ernst Tanner comments: “I am proud of what the Management Team together with over 13,000 passionate and dedicated employees has achieved over the past 20 years and I am looking forward to a successful future. Thanks to our strong culture we have built a great foundation to further strengthen our position as the worldwide leading premium chocolate company. I am very pleased that I can hand over the CEO responsibilities to Dr Dieter Weisskopf, who will together with the Group Management and my support continue our success story.”
Lindt & Sprüngli is a global leader in the premium chocolate segment. The company operates 12 production sites in Europe and the USA. It products are distributed by 24 subsidiary companies and branch offices, and also via a comprehensive network of more than 100 independent distributors around the globe. With over 13,000 employees, the Lindt & Sprüngli reported sales worth SFr3.65 billion in 2015.
Posted in Appointments, News
Posted on 01 June 2016.
With effect from 1 January 2017, Swiss dairy group Emmi has announced a number of changes to its Group Management. Robert Muri, Executive Vice President Switzerland, will retire at the end of 2016 as planned. His role will be taken over by Marc Heim, currently Executive Vice President Europe. Marc Heim’s successor will be Robin Barraclough, the group’s current Chief Marketing Officer. As part of the reshuffle, Emmi will be expanding its Group Management with a Chief Supply Chain Officer. The search for candidates for this newly created position and for the vacant position of Chief Marketing Officer has been initiated.
Robert Muri has worked for Emmi for over 30 years, 21 of which as a member of Group Management. Among other roles, he has been in charge of marketing and sales of fresh products, and subsequently the entire Fresh Products Division. In 2004, he also assumed responsibility for the Dairy Products Division, and was appointed Deputy CEO in 2007. Robert Muri played a decisive role in Emmi’s transition from a regional to an international company, for which it owes him a great debt of gratitude.
Marc Heim has been at Emmi since 2009 and currently holds the role of Executive Vice President Europe. From 2009 to 2013, he was Head of Sales for Emmi, and therefore has an in-depth knowledge of the Swiss business. Since the beginning of 2014, he has achieved very good results in the business division Europe. His previous professional experience includes management roles at Effems AG (now Mars Schweiz AG), Kambly SA and Halter Bonbons AG.
Robin Barraclough has also been at Emmi since 2009. As Chief Marketing Officer, he has successfully carried forward Emmi’s strategy, with a focus on strong brands. Before joining Emmi, he held key marketing roles at Mars Incorporated over a period of 16 years, spending time in Bremen and Moscow, among other locations.
As part of its succession planning, Emmi has decided to expand Group Management with the role of Chief Supply Chain Officer. An important reason behind this is the additional potential that can be tapped by structuring production and logistics processes in Swiss and international production facilities more efficiently. A corresponding level of importance will therefore be attached to the topic within the company.
Posted in Appointments, News
Posted on 24 May 2016.
ABP Food Group has announced that Paul Finnerty will retire from his role as CEO on 30th September 2016. Frank Stephenson, current Group Chief Operations Officer, has been appointed as his successor stepping into the role on 1st October 2016.
Frank Stephenson joined ABP in January 2015 as Group Chief Operations Officer. He brings to the group a wide range of operational, financial and strategic experience in international agribusiness having worked for 20 years with Glanbia plc in a variety of senior management roles in Ireland, the UK and the USA. His most recent role prior to joining ABP was as COO of Glanbia Performance Nutrition, a $1 billion revenue business based in Chicago, North America.
ABP Group Executive Chairman Larry Goodman says: “On behalf of the Board I wish to express my sincere gratitude to Paul for his considerable contribution to the development of ABP in the past 11 years. Our business has achieved significant growth during his tenure and is well positioned to meet future opportunities and challenges. I am also delighted that Frank Stephenson is taking up the role of CEO. Frank’s extensive experience in international agri business, most recently in the USA, will bring skills and perspectives to the Group that will be important for ABP moving forward.”
Group CEO Paul Finnerty comments: “Having been with ABP for 11 years I feel that now is the right time to pass the role of CEO on to someone new. I am delighted that Frank Stephenson has been appointed as my successor. Frank brings great international business experience to ABP and his skill set ideally fits the hard working culture and drive of ABP as it positions itself for the next phase of growth and development.”
Posted in Appointments, News
Posted on 20 May 2016.
Diageo has announced that Javier Ferrán (pictured) will be appointed to the Diageo board as a non-executive director from 22 July 2016 and will be appointed chairman on 1 January 2017 on the retirement of Dr Franz Humer, who has held the position for the last eight years. Javier Ferrán is a partner at Lion Capital having been a founder partner since 2005. Prior to that he spent over 10 years at Bacardi, latterly as president and chief executive. He is currently a non-executive director at SAB Miller, Associated British Foods and Desigual, and a member of the advisory board of Agrolimen and the ESADE Business School. Mr Ferrán will not seek re-election to the Board of SAB Miller at their AGM on 21 July 2016.
Lord Davies of Abersoch, senior non-executive director, chairman nominations committee, remarks: “The board is delighted that Javier has agreed to be the next chairman of Diageo. He has experience across the consumer sector, given his career at both Lion Capital and Bacardi, and he has demonstrated his ability to enable companies to drive value through the rigorous deployment of capital. He therefore brings a strong set of skills and experience to the role of chairman.”
Javier Ferrán says: “It will be a privilege to chair the Diageo board. The company is in a strong position with leading brands, geographic reach and financial strength. It now has a consumer facing culture and a rigorous approach to the decisions it makes.”
Ivan Menezes, chief executive of Diageo, says: “I am very pleased to welcome Javier to the Diageo board. He brings a wealth of experience to the role of chairman. On behalf of everyone at Diageo I want to thank Franz for the role he has played in making Diageo the strong business it is today. The appointment of someone of Javier’s ability as Franz’s successor is a tribute to all that Franz has contributed to Diageo. Diageo is executing a clear strategy with discipline in order to deliver accelerated top line growth, greater productivity and continued strong cash flow. I look forward to working with Javier as we build Diageo’s leadership position and achieve our ambition.”
Posted in Appointments, News
Posted on 13 May 2016.
Petrow Food Group has strengthened the foundation for its future growth plans with the appointment of two new business development managers – John Lowe and Fatma Akalin McGee. Petrow Food Group supplies a wide range of dried fruit and nut products to a variety of independent and multinational food manufacturers, with product applications including chocolates, muesli, breakfast cereals, snack foods, ready meals, pickles, sauces and bakery products.
Fatma Akalin McGee joins the leading supplier of specialised ingredients to the food industry with a career spanning several senior roles in global and European ingredients organisations. Her career began in her native Turkey with a leading organic global food ingredients company, serving key international brands. She moved to the UK in 2009 to set up and run the company’s UK subsidiary.
During her career, Fatma has built a wealth of experience including operations, marketing, sales, imports, exports and logistics with a specialism in organic dried fruits.
John Lowe brings over 20 years’ experience in the food ingredients industry in the UK and Europe to Petrow. He comes to the business with vast experience of working for global companies based in the UK and Germany, with a key focus on dried fruits. His customer portfolio has included health foods, nutrition, culinary, cereal and confectionery.
John and Fatma will use their expanse of experience and knowledge to build on Petrow’s solid business base and help to develop its product portfolio according to new consumer and market trends.
The appointments come following the company’s £4 million investment and opening of its 80,000 sq. ft. factory and warehouse facility in Haverhill, Suffolk.
“The new site has increased production capacity to support growth within our ingredient product and contract packing business,” explains Petrow Food Group Managing Director, Ian Tatchell. “Both John and Fatma bring the knowledge and experience essential to deliver the specialist service to customers that is demanded in today’s evolving market.”
The 7.2 acre Haverhill site, previously purpose built for food ingredients, was opened by Petrow Food Group in 2015. Petrow has invested in the site and significantly upgraded processing and screening facilities whilst increasing capacity to support growth in the company’s ingredient product and contract packing business.
Petrow Food Group incorporates Petrow Food Industries (PFI) and also Quality Kernels Ltd, which it purchased in 2013. The group combines PFI’s leading know-how in chopping, pasting and slicing dried fruit with Quality Kernels’ expertise in nibbing, grinding, pasting and roasting a full range of nuts and seeds in a peanut-free environment.
The company can now offer the complete package of both the trading and processing of dried fruit, coconut, date, seeds and nut products (excluding groundnuts). The group continues with its blending and packaging lines at its Perivale site in West London, where it has a segregated facility for the handling of groundnuts and allergens. Both facilities have been granted and currently hold A rating certification under BRC Global Standards, the leading Food Safety Standard.
The group offers customers in wholesale and manufacturing a complete range of processing and packing services. It can also provide industrial, foodservice and retail clients a contract packing business.
All production takes place in allergen-controlled and organic approved environments and all products are fully traceable back to origin.
Petrow Food Group’s new business development managers – John Lowe and Fatma Akalin McGee.
Posted in Appointments, Ingredients
Posted on 12 May 2016.
Diageo has announced some changes to its executive committee. After 27 years with the business, Nick Blazquez is to leave Diageo in order to pursue new opportunities and challenges. He will continue as a Diageo nominee non-executive director on the United Spirits Ltd (USL) board until the end of the calendar year but will step down from the Diageo executive committee on 30 June 2016. At that time, John Kennedy, currently President, Europe, Russia and Turkey, and Alberto Gavazzi, currently President, Latin America and Caribbean, will expand their responsibilities. John will partner with Anand Kripalu, CEO of USL, in delivering Diageo’s growth opportunity in India. Diageo will nominate John to replace Nick as Diageo’s senior non-executive director on the USL board. Alberto will take accountability for Diageo’s GTME business and the Global Sales Operational Excellence agenda.
Ivan Menezes, Chief Executive of Diageo, says: “I have valued Nick’s contribution to the development of the strategy, performance, values and culture Diageo has today. During his career he has provided strong leadership across many parts of our business from Great Britain to Africa, Asia Pacific, Russia, Turkey and latterly India. He has played a key role in the development of Diageo’s sustainability agenda as the originator of our Water of Life programme, growing businesses which provide employment and championing local agriculture.
Posted in Appointments, News
Posted on 12 May 2016.
University College Cork has introduced a new postgraduate qualification dedicated to the dairy industry. Dairy processing is a very significant pillar of the Irish economy. In 2013 export values for Irish dairy products and ingredients exceeded €3 billion making an enormous contribution to the domestic economy. The industry exports 85% of all output produced, making Ireland the 10th largest dairy export nation globally.
Ireland’s dairy industry produces a wide range of consumer products and dairy ingredients. Consumer dairy products including butter, cheese, and dairy-derived products such as yogurts and dairy-based drinks, have now been complemented with dairy ingredients including milk-fat, milk protein, and other nutritional ingredients to cater to infant formula and sports nutrition markets amongst others. The increased sophistication and complexity of the dairy product portfolio has been underpinned by significant advances in dairy sciences led by UCC and Teagasc in addition to the industry’s clear focus on constantly evolving trends in consumers’ lifestyles and consumption behaviours.
In recognition of the growth and diversification of the Irish dairy industry, UCC, in association with Teagasc, has developed a highly innovative, industry-focused, part-time, blended-learning Postgraduate Certificate in Dairy Technology and Innovation. This qualification is aimed to support the further education and training needs of people at work in the dairy industry.
Modules include milk production and quality, dairy chemistry, trends and dynamics across dairy markets, dairy processing technology, dairy microbiology and business processes across the supply chain.
In line with the development of a knowledge economy, this qualification will enable and empower dairy industry personnel and those wishing to join the industry to implement best practice and embrace new technological developments in dairy processing.
The programme will be market-led and delivered via blended learning, ie a mix of online and in-class sessions, designed to facilitate people at work in industry.
Pictured at the launch of the new Postgraduate Certificate in Dairy Technology and Innovation were (left to right): Dr Dan O’Callaghan, Wyeth Nutritionals Ireland; Dr Seamus O’Mahony, UCC; Professor Paul McSweeney, UCC; and Dr Mark Fenelon, Teagasc, Moorepark.
Posted in Agriculture, Processing, Training & Education
Posted on 02 May 2016.
The Dairy Crest Innovation Centre at the Harper Adams University campus, Newport, Shropshire has been opened. The new facility was opened by The Princess Royal, the Chancellor of Harper Adams University. Her Royal Highness was accompanied throughout her visit by Stephen Alexander (Chairman, Dairy Crest), Mark Allen (Chief Executive, Dairy Crest) and Dr David Llewellyn (Vice-Chancellor, Harper Adams University).
Her Royal Highness was particularly interested to hear about the knowledge sharing partnership between Dairy Crest and Harper Adams University – a unique development between a major food business and a University. The partnership means a number of students will spend time working within Dairy Crest on 12 month placements and one-off projects. It also gives Dairy Crest access to research, staff and students at the University.
The state of the art facilities at the Innovation Centre include development kitchens, a pilot plant and the laboratories.
Mark Allen, Chief Executive of Dairy Crest, says: “Building brands and adding value is fundamental to everything we do at Dairy Crest. Innovation is at the heart of our strategy. I am particularly excited that the Dairy Crest Innovation Centre, which is home to our research and development and technical teams, is built on the campus of Harper Adams University. The university is well known and respected for its leading role in food, farming and science education.”
Posted in Innovation, Research, Research & Development, Training & Education
Posted on 21 April 2016.
Mondelez International has appointed Mike Taylor as managing director for its UK business. In his new role, he will be responsible for leading Mondelez’ commercial operations in the UK and working in partnership with customers to drive growth.
Mondelēz International is the UK’s largest branded food manufacturer, home to household favourites including Cadbury chocolate, Maynards Bassetts sweets, Oreo and Belvita biscuits and Ritz crisps.
Mary Barnard, president Northern Europe, Mondelēz International, says: “I am delighted that Mike Taylor will be taking up the role of UK Managing Director. I have no doubt his deep knowledge of the UK market and expansive experience within our commercial business will be the ideal ingredients for continuing the growth of our UK business.”
Mike Taylor started his career at Kraft Foods, where he spent 12 years in a number of commercial roles. He left in 2006 where he held a number of sales roles including the General Manager for Kellogg’s UK snacks business. Mike Taylor returned to Kraft Foods as Field Sales Director in 2011 and in 2013 became part of the UK commercial leadership team.
Over the last 18 months, Mike Taylor has been leading Mondelez International in Sweden, Finland and Denmark, where he managed the carve out of the coffee business into Mondelez’ joint venture with Douwe Egbert Master Blenders – JDE – and created the snacks business focused on chocolate, biscuits, gum and candy.
Mike Taylor has replaced Phil Greenhalgh, who has left Mondelēz International to pursue opportunities elsewhere.
Mondelēz International has nine locations across Great Britain, from South Devon to North Yorkshire, employing over 4,000 people who invent, manufacture and deliver some of the nation’s best loved brands. Since 2010, Mondelez has invested over £200 million in manufacturing and R&D in the UK.
Posted in News, Recruitment
Posted on 14 April 2016.
Danone has appointed Bridgette Heller as Executive Vice President of its Early Life Nutrition business and as a member of the group’s Executive Committee with effect from July 1, 2016. She takes over from Felix Martin Garcia, who has led the development of this business for nearly six years.
Over the past 17 years, Bridgette Heller has held a range of positions, starting with Kraft Foods and moving on to serve as Global President for Johnson & Johnson, Baby Care, before becoming President, Consumer Care, for Merck.
Backed by very solid international experience, she has developed expertise in both FMCG and Healthcare that offers a perfect fit with the specific needs and challenges involved in growing the Early Life Nutrition business.
Danone CEO Emmanuel Faber, CEO of Danone, says: “I would first like to salute and thank Felix Martin Garcia for his contributions to Danone’s growth in the key positions he’s held for 18 years. Let me refer in particular to the past few years, when he successfully led our Early Life Nutrition division—now our second business by sales. His loyalty, commitment, energy and talent are acknowledged and appreciated by one and all. Bridgette Heller is a proven leader with impressive experience who, throughout her career, has demonstrated a unique ability to engage her teams. I believe that passing the baton to her will ensure continued success for our category.”
In 2015, the Early Life Nutrition division generated sales of nearly €5 billion, reporting Danone’s strongest growth (nearly 10%) and operating margin (19%).
Posted in Appointments, News, Nutrition
Posted on 05 April 2016.
2 Sisters Food Group, the UK’s largest food manufacturer, has promoted Jonathan Russell to Director of Group Procurement, responsible for the company’s £1.5 billion a year purchasing budget and for managing its supply chain. In his new role, Jonathan Russell will be responsible for a team of 22 specialist buyers sourcing everything from animal feeds to fresh food ingredients and packaging to plastic gloves for 2 Sisters Food Group’s 44 manufacturing sites.
2 Sisters Food Group is one of the UK’s largest buyers of food and agricultural products. It currently buys around 10% of the UK wheat crop, and is one of Europe’s largest buyers of mozzarella.
Jonathan Russell previously headed up both Food and Commodity buying teams within 2 Sisters Food Group but his new wider role will see him working to build the entire supply chain to meet growing volume requirements for all 2 Sisters’ products.
“I am delighted to be taking on this new challenge and helping 2 Sisters Food Group, and its customers, secure the best materials and services, at the best prices,” states Jonathan Russell.
“I see the role of procurement at 2 Sisters Food Group as ‘future proofing’ the business, ensuring our sourcing strategy is aligned to our business units and customers’ needs. We will continue our journey on building strong partnerships with our key suppliers, especially given that we are one of the UK farming industry’s biggest buyers.”
Jonathan Russell joined 2 Sisters Food Group in 2005 having previously worked as a buyer at retailer Iceland.
Posted in Appointments
Posted on 01 April 2016.
A team of five young people have been appointed to act as ambassadors to inspire a new generation of young people to work in the food and drink industry. The project, being run by The National Skills Academy for Food and Drink (NSAFD) is part of the ‘Tasty Careers Wales’ initiative, designed to promote Wales’ food and drink sector as a an attractive place to work.
Ross Taylor (24), Christian Davies (23), Craig Messruther (25), Robert Powell (24) and Steffan Evans (18) were nominated by their employers – Cardiff based Finsbury Food Group, agricultural business Dunbia, which has sites in Ceredigion and Lampeter, and 2 Sisters Food Group site in Merthyr Tydfil, Mid Glamorgan – to undergo ambassador training with NSAFD to help promote the food and drink industry.
After undergoing comprehensive training, the young ambassadors will now visit schools in Wales to speak with students about the career opportunities available in the food and drink sector. Employed in a variety of roles, from Operations to Engineering, the five young ambassadors will be able to give an overview of the sector and explain the routes they took to secure their own careers.
Food and drink manufacturing is one of the largest Welsh manufacturing sectors, worth £4.3billion. The sector employs 22,000 people, has a growth target of £7billion by 2020, and exports have increased by 82% in the last five years.
The Welsh food and drink manufacturing industry already employs more people than most other sectors, with 4,000 more new jobs predicted to be generated by 2020. However, the sector is facing the threat of a generational time-bomb as many people in senior roles are due to retire in the next five years. In order to plug the gap, the industry is under pressure to urgently recruit new talent.
The ambassador scheme is part of Tasty Careers Wales, an initiative launched in January, which brings together industry career information and live industry vacancies to make them instantly accessible to young people and to help secure the next generation of food and drink manufacturing talent. The scheme is supported by a website – www.tastycareerswales.org.uk – which features straight-talking descriptions of typical job roles across nine different categories, including production operations, buying, engineering, bakery and marketing, as well as career progression routes and case-studies of featured ambassadors.
Schools who wish to book an ambassador to speak to their students should contact Lydia Edwards on firstname.lastname@example.org.
Justine Fosh, Chief Executive of NSAFD, says: “We believe peer-to-peer education is the key to promoting the food and drink industry as an attractive place to work. There are some very exciting opportunities available, with clear paths for progression and attractive salaries and benefits. It’s vital that we attract the next generation of talent to our sector to safeguard its future.”
Posted in Marketing, Recruitment, Training & Education
Posted on 18 March 2016.
Premier Foods has appointment Jette Andersen as Managing Director of its International Business Unit. Jette will report directly to Gavin Darby, CEO, and will join the Executive Leadership Team, reflecting the increasing importance of international markets to the company’s growth strategy.
Jette has previously held a number of senior positions in the food and drink sector and has extensive experience in international markets built throughout the last 20 years. She joins from Orangina Schweppes International (OSI), a division of Suntory Food & Beverage Europe, where she held several senior management positions based in Copenhagen, Zurich and Amsterdam.
Most recently, Jette was General Manager North Europe, French Territories, Caribbean and North America leading the development of OSI’s business in 40 markets. She also played a key role in the integration of Lucozade and Ribena into the international business following Suntory’s acquisition of the brands in 2014.
Gavin Darby, CEO of Premier Foods, says: “Growing our brands in key international markets such as North America and Australasia is a key part of our growth strategy. Over the last year we’ve been strengthening our international team, and I’m delighted that Jette has joined us at this critical time. Her experience will be invaluable as we seek to expand into new markets.”
The appointment follows the departure of Peter Ellis to take up a senior position elsewhere in the industry.
One of Britain’s largest food producers, Premier Foods supplies a range of retail, wholesale, foodservice and other customers with brands, including Ambrosia, Batchelors, Bisto, Loyd Grossman, Mr Kipling, Oxo and Sharwood’s. Premier Foods employs around 4,000 people operating from 13 sites from across the country.
Posted in Appointments, News
Posted on 26 February 2016.
Unilever has proposed that Dr Marijn Dekkers, one of Europe’s leading global business figures, will succeed Michael Treschow as Chairman of Unilever NV and Unilever PLC. He will be nominated for election to the boards at the Annual General Meetings in April 2016.
Dr Dekkers is currently Chief Executive Officer of Bayer but will step down from this role at the end of April.
Michael Treschow will retire from Unilever at the 2016 AGMs after having served Unilever’s usual maximum tenure of nine years as Chairman. He joined the Unilever Boards in 2007 and was the first independent, non-executive Chairman of Unilever.
Michael Treschow says: “Marijn Dekkers is a highly successful businessman with a formidable track record gained in some of the world’s most competitive industries. I have no doubt that Unilever will greatly benefit from his knowledge, international experience and his strong belief in driving business growth responsibly and in the long term.”
Marijn Dekkers says: “I am honoured to have been invited by the Boards to become Unilever’s Chairman and to help contribute to the purpose, vision and strategy of this Group. It is a great business, with great brands and an unequalled global reach. I know Paul Polman as an outstanding global leader and he and I are looking forward immensely to working together in the future.”
Dr Marijn Dekkers.
Unilever also announced that in addition to Michael Treschow, Hixonia Nyasulu will be retiring from the Unilever Boards at the conclusion of the 2016 AGMs having also served for nine years.
It is proposed that Strive Masiyiwa and Professor Youngme Moon join the Boards as Non-Executive Directors. They will be nominated for election to the Boards at the 2016 AGMs. As previously announced it is also proposed that Graeme Pitkethly will be nominated for election to the Boards as an Executive Director in the role of Chief Financial Officer at the 2016 AGMs.
Strive Masiyiwa is the founder and executive chairman of global telecommunications group Econet Wireless and Youngme Moon is senior associate dean for strategy and innovation, as well as the Donald K. David Professor of Business Administration, at Harvard Business School.
Posted in Appointments, News
Posted on 23 February 2016.
Northern Ireland-based poultry processor Moy Park is to invest £8 million in implementing a skills and development programme across the group over the next four years. Invest Northern Ireland has offered Moy Park £1.4million towards its skills programme, which is designed to support the continued growth of this leading European food business.
Moy Park is the second largest player in the UK poultry sector and employs 6,300 across its Northern Ireland based processing facilities in Craigavon, Dungannon and Ballymena.
Moy Park’s HR Director Europe, Mike Mullan comments: “As one of Europe’s leading food companies, we are committed to supporting our team members with outstanding training and development opportunities. This significant investment in skills and training, supported by Invest Northern Ireland, will be instrumental in sustaining our continual transformation, growth and improvement.”
He adds: “People are at the heart of Moy Park. As a values-led company we continue to make major investments in our industry leading agriculture and processing facilities and it is essential that we champion and develop the capabilities of our people to take the business forward.”
Moy Park employs around 12,000 people across 14 processing facilities in Northern Ireland, the Republic of Ireland, England, France and The Netherlands. The company was recently awarded the IGD John Sainsbury Learning and Development Award in recognition of its best in class approach to people development.
Northern Ireland Enterprise, Trade and Investment Minister Jonathan Bell says: “Moy Park is Northern Ireland’s largest employer and this £8million investment in skills development reinforces the company’s commitment to continuous improvement as a means to remaining competitive in its target markets. Invest Northern Ireland has been working closely in recent years to help the manufacturer introduce lean techniques and supply chain management measures. This latest investment has enabled Moy Park to implement a comprehensive suite of training and learning initiatives across the entire company workforce, looking at leadership and management development, technical competences and functional skills.”
Pictured (left to right): Katharine Strain, Head of Talent and Organisational Development at Moy Park; Northern Ireland Enterprise, Trade and Investment Minister Jonathan Bell; and Mike Mullan, Moy Park HR Director (Europe).
Posted in Training & Education
Posted on 22 February 2016.
The print, packaging and supply chain company’s administration assistant Nicole Degnan has enrolled on a Level 3, Print Administration Modern Apprenticeship and trainee printer Craig Reid has signed up to a Professional Development Award (PDA).
Chris Hewitt, managing director at Elanders said: “We’re proud of the talent we have at Elanders and want to up-skill to retain our valued employees, that’s why we’re supporting Nicole and Craig in getting these qualifications which validate their competencies and transferrable skills in the UK and beyond.”
The company specialises in printing for luxury packaging and labelling for the drinks industry, with a strong heritage in Scottish whisky through its acquisition of McNaughtans the Printers in 2013.
Elanders, founded in 1989, is a Swedish printing company doing business in ten countries and directing a number of subsidiaries.
Posted in Packaging, Training & Education
Posted on 19 February 2016.
Carlsberg Group has appointed Michiel J Herkemij as new Senior Vice President for the Western European region and member of Carlsberg’s executive committee, starting 1 April 2016. Michiel Herkemij will succeed Jørn Tolstrup Rohde who – upon mutual agreement – will leave Carlsberg Group to look for a new position, leading an operational company.
Michiel Herkemij brings extensive international experience from leading companies across Europe, Asia, Africa and the Americas. Since October 2015, Michiel Herkemij has served as Interim CEO of the Carlsberg Groups’ business in the UK. Prior to joining Carlsberg, his most recent FMCG-assignments include CEO roles within Sara Lee – Douwe Egberts, Heineken, Friesland Foods and British American Tobacco.
Michiel J Herkemij as new Senior Vice President for the Western European region.
Julian Momen will succeed Michiel Herkemij as CEO of Carlsberg UK. Julian Momen has been CFO of Carlsberg UK since September 2012.
Carlsberg CEO Cees ‘t Hart says: “We wish Michiel Herkemij and Julian Momen all the best and every success for their new, challenging assignments, and would like to thank them for their great engagement and achievements in their current roles. To Jørn Tolstrup Rohde, we extend our sincere appreciation for his contribution to ExCom and the group, and the professional way he has handled the leadership of the Western Europe region. We wish him success in his further professional and personal future.”
Michiel Herkemij says: “Carlsberg is in a very interesting phase, and I am sure the coming years will be very exciting. Western Europe remains Carlsberg’s home field, and I look forward to working closer with the great people in the region to deliver continued strong results.”
Posted in Appointments
Posted on 16 February 2016.
David Gregory (pictured) has been appointed as Chairman of specialist food and drink compliance and risk services provider Acoura. One of the industry’s most experienced and respected technical experts, David Gregory previously spent 26 years with Marks and Spencer where, working as their Technical Director he was instrumental in growing the retailer’s hugely successful food business. Following his tenure with the retailer he then worked as Chairman of Red Tractor until Autumn last year. David Gregory has a portfolio of non-exec roles including British Retail Consortium Trading Ltd and 2 Sisters Food Group, the UK’s largest food manufacturer.
Acoura Director Paul Egan says of the appointment: “I am delighted that David has joined our business at a time of significant opportunity. David is part of the fabric of the food industry and brings with him experience gained at the very highest level. He is the perfect fit for our team and also our current and future customers.”
Working with the food industry since 1996, Acoura operate across the food and drink supply chain offering a wide range of services aimed at improving food safety, quality and traceability while also improving and protecting their customer’s brands.
The move comes at a time of sustained growth for the company which counts Arla, Quality Meat Scotland, Red Tractor, OF&G and Scottish Quality Crops among customers.
David Gregory says: “I am really delighted to join this highly successful and rapidly growing international business, whose customer focus and ability to provide tailored solutions for food safety and compliance from fisheries and farming through manufacturing, retail and food service is unique in the market place.”
Mr Gregory has been appointed in a non-executive capacity and starts working with Acoura with immediate effect.
Posted in Appointments, Food Safety, Quality Assurance
Posted on 16 February 2016.
The team at Symingtons receive their award from Alison Wheelock and Karen Naylor
Verner Wheelock, the Yorkshire-based award-winning food industry training company, has announced the recipients of its first ever Excellence Awards.
The Awards were launched in 2015 to coincide with the company’s 25th anniversary and recognise the achievements of students attending their courses throughout that year.
There were five Awards up for grabs: HACCP Student of the Year, Food Safety Student of the Year, Auditing Student of the Year, Individual Excellence and Company of the Year.
The winners were those students Verner Wheelock course tutors felt were outstanding. This did not necessarily mean that they had gained the highest examination results; other factors were also considered such as overcoming adversity, a passion for the subject and a desire to interact with fellow delegates and get the most out of the training experience.
HACCP Student of the Year was awarded to Emily Claydon, a Quality Assurance Graduate at Taylor’s of Harrogate; the Food Safety Student of the Year went to Joanna Core, Quality Assurance Manager at New Ivory Sauces based in Elland, West Yorkshire and the Auditing Student of the Year was announced as Helen Keast, Raw Materials Manager at Bakkavor Desserts in Highbridge, Somerset.
Helen, Joanne and Emily were selected because each had demonstrated an exceptionally high level of competence and understanding during advanced level training in their respective subjects. The practical application of the skills they obtained will have made a significant impact on the day-to-day operations of their companies. Their aptitude was reflected in their outstanding examination results. All received distinctions.
William Ptolemy, Technical Manager at Sykes House Farm, a qualilty meat and poultry suppliers in Wetherby, won the individual Excellence Award. The tutors agreed unanimously that William was the obvious choice for this Award.
MD Alison Wheelock said “Will has undertaken several training courses with us, including Level 4 HACCP, which he found challenging but by putting the hard work in he achieved this advanced level qualification. What made him stand out is the fact that he always participates in course discussions, even if the conversation does not directly relate to his area of expertise. He’s also keen to see training filtered down through his company. As one of the tutors put it, he’s a ‘real joy to teach’.”
Emily Claydon receives her award from Karen Naylor of Verner Wheelock
Leeds-based branded convenience food producer, Symington’s Ltd was the winner of the Verner Wheelock Company of the Year Excellence Award.
Alison commented: “We chose Symington’s for the Award because the delegates interact and put effort in. They genuinely want to learn and put their knowledge into practise in the workplace. Symington’s have a history of training with Verner Wheelock and delegates have attended a variety of courses with us. As a result we understand their business requirements and we work very well together. The delegates’ hard work is reflected in their excellent examination results and national awards.”
As a result of training with Verner Wheelock, delegates from Symingtons (Lianne Davis and Sarah Jolly-Hart) have won the RSPH Award for Level 4 Food Safety in Manufacturing for two years running by achieving the highest examination results in the UK.
Verner Wheelock is one of the UK’s leading training companies for the food industry. The company is based on the Broughton Hall estate in Skipton, North Yorkshire and was founded in 1990 by food industry expert Dr Verner Wheelock.
Posted in Recruitment, Training & Education
Posted on 15 February 2016.
Nestlé and First Milk, the UK dairy farmers co-operative, have launched the Next Generation Dairy Leaders Programme, a scheme for young farmers that aims to identify, nurture and develop the next generation of dairy leaders. The two year programme will focus on a small group of the most innovative First Milk Farmers supplying to Nestlé’s factories in Girvan, Scotland and Dalston, Cumbria.
Throughout the course the attendees will attend a series of events to learn about dairy industry politics, advanced farm management, financial management and effective communication to provide them with the practical tools and confidence to step forward and take a lead. The farmers will take part in a number of activities to help improve their knowledge of the global dairy industry and give them a greater understanding of the dairy supply chain from field to consumer.
The participants will also get the chance to visit Nestlé’s UK factories to learn about the company’s supply chain and how the quality of their milk impacts production performance.
The programme forms part of Nestlé’s long-term partnership with First Milk to improve the sustainability of their farms and develop a more sustainable and efficient supply chain with a reducing environmental impact.
Mike Gallacher, chief executive of First Milk, says: “The investment from Nestle in supporting the long term sustainability of UK dairy farming goes well beyond other businesses in many areas. The launch of the Nestlé Next Generation Farmer Program demonstrates that long term commitment in providing outstanding development for our best young farmers of the future. This initiative is even more important taking place as it does against a hugely challenging context for UK farmers. It is critical that our future farmers have the best possible training and development so they can step up and compete what will be an increasingly global and competitive future.”
Robin Sundaram, responsible sourcing lead – milk buyer, Nestlé UK & Ireland, remarks: “We are very excited about this new initiative that takes the sustainability journey we are on with our farmers to a new level. We believe that this will enable our farmers to get a much wider perspective of the dairy industry and importantly the role their milk plays in the Nestlé supply chain.”
The Nestlé First Milk Partnership comprises 106 farmers in Ayrshire, Wigtownshire and Cumbria providing high quality fresh milk used in the manufacture of brands such as Kit Kat and Nescafe Café Menu. The sustainability programme is focussed on five priorities as follows: milk quality, lean farming methods (enabling a reduction in GHG emissions), environmental sustainability (soil, water and biodiversity), the next generation of farmers and animal welfare.
Posted in Sustainability, Training & Education
Posted on 12 February 2016.
John Hood, Invest Northern Ireland’s Director of Food and Tourism, has encouraged over 40 producers from Northern Ireland’s bakery and snacks sector to explore innovation to support business growth.
Speaking at a seminar jointly hosted by Invest NI and CAFRE (College of Agriculture and Rural Enterprise), John Hood said: “Northern Ireland’s bakery and snacks sector remains very competitive, with businesses continually needing to invest in innovation and skills to remain profitable. Responding to the needs of the sector, as identified by the Agri-Food Strategy Board’s Bakery and Snacks sub group, this event will help to improve the competitiveness and capability of local companies as they seek to grow in ever competitive markets outside Northern Ireland.”
He added: “Together with CAFRE, we want to encourage more local businesses to explore innovative measures to support their growth and continued contribution to Northern Ireland’s Agri-Food processing industry. Extending a product’s shelf life, for example, can help deliver greater export opportunities, while implementing efficiencies in a product’s distribution can reduce costs. Innovation is key to success and Invest NI and CAFRE have advice and support designed to help local producers in this sector to embrace innovation in all its forms.”
The bakery and snacks sector is a very strong contributor to Agri-Food in Northern Ireland and includes the production of bread, bread products, biscuits, buns, pies and pastry as well as hand-held snacks and food-to-go products. The delegates discussed the importance of product innovation, market trends, and seasonal opportunities. The group also got an overview of the support available from Invest NI, as well as viewing the technical facilities provided in the Food Innovation Centre at CAFRE.
Joy Alexander, Head of Food Technology, CAFRE, commented: “We at CAFRE, Loughry Campus are delighted to be jointly organising and hosting this important Food Innovation Seminar, targeted at the Bakery and Snacks Sector. We have an agri-food industry which we can be justifiably proud of, but the challenge which faces everyone is to continue to develop world class products which meet the needs of an ever discerning consumer, wherever in the world that consumer may be. I encourage food companies to work in partnership with Invest NI and Loughry and explore the many opportunities available for innovation support.”
Invest NI offers free advice and support available in areas such as business information, innovation and technology solutions, research and development, design, e-business, sustainable development, skills and strategy solutions, trade development and food marketing.
Pictured (back – from left to right) are: Joy Alexander from CAFRE; John Hood, Invest NI; and Ronan McNamee, co-founder of Cuisine De France and founder of BFree Foods. Sitting are: Keri Cummings (left), Category Marketing Executive at Macphie of Glenbervie; and Lisa Boswell, Trade Marketing Manager, CSM Bakery Solutions.
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