Macphie appoints new executive chairman

By Nicholas Robinson contact

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Andrew Underwood (left) and Alastair Macphie
Andrew Underwood (left) and Alastair Macphie

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Alastair Macphie will become executive chairman of bakery ingredients firm Macphie later this year, following an 18-year stint as chief executive officer, as part of a management restructure.

The added-value food ingredients company announced the restructure yesterday (January 14), which would also see current sales and marketing director Andrew Underwood move to the role of md.

Macphie will remain fully involved in the family business, but would focus on longer term initiatives, such as future manufacturing plant requirements and building closer links with strategic partners.

Investment plans

“The restructure will give a greater focus to both our forward investment plans, as well as the operational challenges we face in today’s competitive global food market,”​ said Alastair Macphie.

He added that Underwood’s previous roles with Brakes and Coca Cola would allow him to drive the business and ensure the continued development of the brand.

Underwood said: Our key challenge will be to balance the continuing uncertainty of raw material availability and costs with driving greater efficiencies in our plant and process capability, while maintaining a continued commitment to being at the forefront of new ingredient technologies and product development.”

Two new non-executive directors were also appointed: Di Walker, executive chairman of Karro Food and Peter Farquhar, former chief executive officer of Dorset Cereals.

Meanwhile, Underwood will be joining a host of other food and drink manufacturing executives at Food Manufacture’s Business Leaders’ Forum​ on Tuesday, January 21.

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