- Snowbird Foods has appointed David Jones its new technical manager at its North London-based fully-cooked sausage factory. Jones joined the company from Deli Co in Milton Keynes where he was quality manager for two years. He also has a master's degree in food engineering.
- First Milk, Britain's largest farmer-owned dairy co-operative, has made a further senior appointment as part of its strategic growth plans. Peter Humphreys, former md of Eden Vale, has joined the business as deputy chief executive, with a specific business development remit.
- Mike Attenborough, Meat and Livestock Commission technical director, is to step down in November when the technical division will be reshaped to report directly to the director general. To help preserve the continuity of expert technical advice to industry and scientific liaison with government, agencies and academia, Attenborough will continue to work on specific projects for two days a week.
- Alison Wassall has joined Readybake as quality assurance manager at its new factory at Leigh. She joins from Hill Biscuits where she was a QA supervisor. Wassall has worked in a quality control role since leaving school, first as a lab technician for Robertson's preserves and also at Park Cakes and Dalehead Foods.
- The Meat Training Council (MTC) has welcomed Jo Amos to the role of business development manager where she will contact employers to discuss the benefits of work-based learning and promote the MTC and its portfolio of qualifications. Amos graduated from Harper Adams Agricultural College in 1997 and has worked in various sales and marketing roles in the food and farming industries.
- Nick Townley has joined Anchor Seafoods as national accounts manager where he will focus on the company's growing supply of shellfish to Tesco. He brings several years' experience to the role, having spent the past three as trading manager for melons at Del Monte Fresh Produce.
- Anthony Alan Foods has appointed Nick Rossington as business manager with responsibility for a number of retailers. He previously worked in similar roles for Speedibake, Geest, Albert Fisher, Bahlsen and Deans Foods. At the same time, Nanette Turnbull has joined as brand manager from marketing promotions agency CPM.
James Brook has joined dried fruit company Sundora Foods as raw materials manager. He takes responsibility for sourcing products such as apricots, dates and almonds from suppliers around the world, travelling to countries such as Turkey, Brazil and the US. Brook is used to travelling, as he was previously a buyer for Black Cat Fireworks where he made frequent business trips to China and the Far East.
"I'm determined to help drive the business forward by working alongside new and existing suppliers to source the best possible raw materials at the best possible price," he says.