Weetabix names manufacturing director

By Rod Addy contact

- Last updated on GMT

Chapman: 'I’ll also be working on driving out waste in all its forms throughout our business'
Chapman: 'I’ll also be working on driving out waste in all its forms throughout our business'

Related tags: Ambient

Weetabix Food Company has appointed Neil Chapman, who was previously Kerry Foods' human resources director for operations and has held senior operations roles at Cadbury and Kraft Foods, as its manufacturing director.

Chapman will manage production across Weetabix Food Company’s sites, ensuring the business continues to manufacture to its high-quality standards to retailers & consumers. Part of his role will be to oversee the Corby factory, which recently underwent a £16m renovation.

The investment forms a key part of Weetabix Food Company’s sustainability strategy​ and efforts to maintain resource efficiency. It has already halved the amount of energy consumed on site. He replaces Dave McBeain, who held the role in an interim capacity and who now returns to his home role as senior vice president of business change and organisation effectiveness.  

Chapman has an impressive track record in some of the UK’s leading food and drink companies.  Before assuming his last role at Kerry, he was also operations’ director for the business. He has several years’ experience working for Kraft Foods, mainly in the coffee category and as manufacturing director for Cadbury’s UK & Ireland operations.

Sustainability

Chapman said one of his priorities would be to develop Weetabix's existing sustainability initiatives. "For example, we’re on track to meet our goal of a 20% reduction in water use compared to 2015 by the end of the year and at present we are completing a carbon footprint benchmark study to work towards carbon reduction.

"I’ll also be working on driving out waste in all its forms throughout our business as well as continuing to deliver zero waste to landfill.”

Weetabix, which makes Weetabix, Weetabix Minis, Alpen, Weetabix On The Go Breakfast Drink, Ready Brek, Weetos and Alpen bars, has also announced Steve Lynn as its new head of engineering. He brings a wide range of engineering and production experience from numerous roles in Dow Chemical and British Sugar, including factory manager. 

Lynn will focus on improving the company’s delivery and execution of engineering support and capital delivery, while continuing to build on continued improvement and growth in capabilities. 

Sally Abbott, Weetabix managing director UK and Ireland, said: “Both of these key appointments reinforce our continued commitment to our world-class manufacturing capabilities. We’re confident that we have the facilities and talent to keep delighting our consumers and retailers with our well-loved brands and products.”

Related topics: Ambient foods, People & Skills

Related news

Show more

comments

Post your comment

We will not publish your email address on the website

These comments have not been moderated. You are encouraged to participate with comments that are relevant to our news stories. You should not post comments that are abusive, threatening, defamatory, misleading or invasive of privacy. For the full terms and conditions for commenting see clause 7 of our Terms and Conditions ‘Participating in Online Communities’. These terms may be updated from time to time, so please read them before posting a comment. Any comment that violates these terms may be removed in its entirety as we do not edit comments. If you wish to complain about a comment please use the "REPORT ABUSE" button or contact the editors.

Follow us

Products

View more

Webinars