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Pladis chief executive Cem Karakaş steps down

McVitie’s owner Pladis has launched a search for a new chief executive following the exit of Cem Karakaş.

Steve Dawson joins RGF as non-exec director

Renshaw owner Real Good Food (RGF) has appointed Steve Dawson – who helped to turn around the Bahlsen US business – as an independent non-executive director.

Macphie managing director Andy Underwood to leave

Scottish food ingredients manufacturer Macphie has announced the departure of managing director Andy Underwood.

Border Biscuits appoints marketing manager

Biscuit manufacturer Border Biscuits has appointed Suzie Carlaw to lead its marketing team in the newly created position of marketing manager. 

Ulma Packaging appoints new business manager

Ulma Packaging UK has named James Couldwell as business manager for the south of England, following two years of service with the packaging machinery provider. 

Muntons’ Nigel Davies gains honorary professorship

Nigel Davies, technical and sustainability director at malt producer Muntons, has been appointed as Honorary Associate Professor at Nottingham University, School of Biosciences.

Former Just Eat marketing chief Dawe joins Pret

Pret A Manger has named Barnaby Dawe, previously global chief marketing officer at Just Eat, as its first chief customer officer.

Greencore promotes Peter Haden to UK chief exec

Current Greencore group chief operating officer Peter Haden is to become the company’s UK chief executive officer.

Pladis hires Kerry Foods' Lindsey Roberts in VP role

McVitie’s owner Pladis has appointed Lindsey Roberts as vice-president of finance at Pladis UK & Ireland.

Délifrance unveils £4m Viennoiserie expansion

Bakery supplier Délifrance has completed a year-long £4m expansion of its Viennoiserie production facility in Wigston, near Leicester.

Premier Foods boss Gavin Darby re-elected as CEO

Gavin Darby has been re-elected as chief executive of Mr Kipling owner Premier Foods – although more than 40% of the vote went against him.

Innocent’s Kate Voss joins Modern Baker as COO

Modern Baker, the Oxford-based healthy baking business, has recruited Innocent’s Kate Voss as its new chief operating officer.

Aryzta expands executive team with new hire

Bakery business Aryzta has appointed Rhona O’Brien as its new general counsel and company secretary.

New appointment and vegan NPD for Higgidy

Premium pie and quiche brand Higgidy is targeting vegans and vegetarians with the launch of two meat-free parcels exclusively in Waitrose.

Kalsec’s boss to chair UK Flavour Association

Kalsec Europe managing director James Smith has been named chairman of the UK Flavour Association.

Central Foods appoints new development manager

Frozen food distributor Central Foods has appointed Richard Clegg as business development manager.

Buckingham Palace seeks skilled pastry chef

Buckingham Palace is searching for a new pastry chef, who will oversee culinary operations for both individual family members and state events.

UK baker Wayne Caddy gets elite baking award

British artisan baker Wayne Caddy has won an international award and a place in exclusive culinary club Elite de la Boulangerie Internationale (EBI).

Bells Food Group makes four new appointments

Scottish pie and pastry manufacturer Bells has expanded its senior team with four new appointments.

Pladis appoints Scott Snell to lead new customer team

McVitie’s owner Pladis has appointed former Mondelēz director Scott Snell to head up a new customer team.

Cake Brands names Rachel Clark accounts manager

Baked goods supplier Cake Brands has appointed Rachel Clark as national accounts manager for its Sussex-based More Food business.

Lee Birmingham appointed Pukka foodservice head

Pukka Pies has named Lee Birmingham as head of its UK and international foodservice business.

Aryzta names new Europe CEO as Murphy steps down

Former Friesland Campina chief operating officer Gregory Sklikas has been appointed CEO of Aryzta’s European business.

Lantmännen names Richard Stowey operations director

Bakery supplier Lantmännen Unibake UK has appointed Richard Stowey to head its UK site operations.

Damian McLoughlin to head Premier Foods foodservice

Premier Foods has hired former Unilever sales director Damian McLoughlin to head up its foodservice division.

Cybake supplier Redblack names Sandy Scott CEO

Cybake bakery management solutions supplier RedBlack Software has appointed Sandy Scott as chief executive officer.

Nairn’s drives convenience sales with new hire

Oatcake manufacturer Nairn’s has hired Scott McPherson as a national account manager to help drive sales in the convenience and wholesale sector.

Wessanen UK appoints new technical director

Mrs Crimble’s owner Wessanen has appointed Cristina Ramsay as technical and corporate social responsibility director.

Bakkavor seeks 30 staff for Cheshire bakeries

Fresh prepared foods manufacturer Bakkavor is set to hire 30 new members of staff at its sites in Nantwich and Crewe in Cheshire.

Godiva hires Cherish Finden for UK café push

Bake Off: Crème de la Crème star Cherish Finden has been appointed creative development chef at luxury chocolatier Godiva.

Steinhoff boss Stuart Machin to head M&S Food

Steinhoff UK group CEO Stuart Machin is to join Marks & Spencer as its managing director of food.

Edme appoints Gary McIlwaine as production manager

Ingredients supplier Edme has named Gary McIlwaine as its production manager.

Cornelius appoints Joy Thomas as UK business manager

Speciality ingredients supplier Cornelius Group has named Joy Thomas as UK business manager.

Bakkavor launches drive for 26 new apprentices

Bakkavor has kicked off a recruitment drive for 26 new apprentices.

Burford Bakery Solutions CEO receives international recognition

Burford Bakery Solutions CEO Fred Springer has been presented with the Lifetime Achievement Award at the Bakery Equipment Manufacturers’ Association (BEMA) summit in Chicago.

Kudos appoints James Youngman as finance director

Leavening agents producer Kudos Blends has named James Youngman as the company’s first finance director.

Wessanen names Emma Vass as chief executive

Mrs Crimble’s owner Wessanen has appointed former McCormick’s general manager Emma Vass as head of its UK operations.

Brakes UK names Hugo Mahoney as CEO

Foodservice wholesaler Brakes UK has appointed Hugo Mahoney as CEO.

Macphie names new head of operations

Ingredients supplier Macphie has appointed Stuart Harrington as its new head of operations.

Brace’s Bakery chairman Colin Brace passes away

Colin Brace, chairman of Newport-based Brace’s Bakery, has passed away after a short illness, aged 96 years.

Paterson Arran makes management changes

Shortbread supplier Paterson Arran is to restructure its business following the retirement of owners Alan Hardie and Ian Appleton.

Premier Foods appoints new marketing director

Premier Foods has promoted Yilmaz Erceyes to the role of UK marketing director. 

Booker boss Charles Wilson to become Tesco retail CEO

Booker boss Charles Wilson is to lead Tesco’s UK retail operations when the merger of the two businesses completes.

Bakers not affected as Morrisons axes 1,500 roles

Bakers will not be affected by the management changes at Morrisons, which is set to see 1,500 roles scrapped as part of a proposed restructure. 

Polar Refrigeration names new global head of business

Equipment brand Polar Refrigeration has named Glenn Roberts as its global head of business.

Metin Fevzi promoted to Edme managing director

Ingredients supplier Edme has named Metin Fevzi as managing director.

Tromp Group appoints new president

International bakery equipment manufacturer Tromp Group has promoted Richard van Heukelum to president of the company.

Adelie Foods appoints new commercial controller

Food-to-go business Adelie Foods has named Gary Pothecary as commercial controller for its convenience team.

Nick Hampton to succeed Javed Ahmed as Tate & Lyle CEO

Tate & Lyle has appointed Nick Hampton as its new chief executive with effect from 1 April 2018.

Champseys Bakery business up for sale

Artisan business Champseys Bakery, formerly known as Champs Bakery, has been put up for sale for £475,000.