- Emma Smedley has joined Sundora Foods as new product development manager. Smedley was previously with canned ready meals producer Westler Foods, where she spent two-and-a-half years as a development technologist.
- Recipe dish company Loxton Foods has made two new appointments. Chris Bates joins the Stockport-based manufacturer as development chef. He trained at the Gavroche in London and then worked extensively in top class restaurants achieving 3AA Rosettes.
Also joining the company is Keith Simpson as national account manager. Simpson has spent many years in the foodservice sector most recently with Bernard Matthews and prior to that with Bluecrest and Brakes.
- Lisa Reynolds has joined Anthony Alan Foods as group technical manager, a new role within the technical department which is designed to further improve efficiency and consolidate standards throughout the company's suppliers. Reynolds has a BSc Hons in food and nutrition and started work as a member of the technical department within the production side of the bakery.
- ADAS has added to its team of consultants providing advice to food manufacturers on their engineering processes. Originally from New Zealand but now based in London, Kirsty Dinsdale previously worked as a technical consultant in the food industry having gained her degree in biotechnology. After moving to the UK, she worked for Waitrose before joining ADAS.
- Chief executive of Dairy Farmers of Britain Malcolm Smith has left the business to develop some of his other business interests. Over the past two years, Smith has led DFB's transformation from a milk-brokering business into the UK's third largest milk processor. The appointment of a new CEO is expected to take up to six months.
- Jane Miller has been appointed president of the UK and Ireland business unit of HJ Heinz Company, a role based in London. She has been the company's chief growth officer since last year, based at Heinz World HQ in Pittsburgh. Previously, she has worked at PepsiCo and Bestfoods.
- John Davidson, former director of Diageo's European track and trace programme, has left the company to set up Carsebreck Consultants which will specialise in providing expertise in quality and traceability to the food and drinks industry.
- Lee Tynan has joined The Authentic Food Company as new product development and innovation controller. He will be heading a team of six development chefs and looking to build on the company's record of providing its customers with bespoke products. He will be responsible for the complete range of Mediterranean, Chinese, Thai, and Indian food in the UK and through the company's export business.
Tynan brings 17 years' experience in the foodservice industry to the role, including seven years at Brakes Food Service Solutions where he headed up a team of 12 development chefs.
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