Gavin Darby appointed chairman of Orchard House Foods

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Gavin Darby has been appoint chairman of Orchard House Foods
Gavin Darby has been appoint chairman of Orchard House Foods

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Former Premier Foods chief executive Gavin Darby has been appointed chairman of fresh fruit and fruit-based desserts supplier Orchard House Foods.

Darby – currently chairman of food distribution charity The Felix Project – headed Premier Foods for six years until 2019 and helped lead a turnaround for the business.

He has also held a number of senior positions in some the world’s largest businesses, including 15 years at the Coca-Cola Company and ten years at telecommunications giant Vodafone. From 2017 to 2019, Darby also served as president for the Food and Drink Federation.

Developing on-the-go range

Commenting on his appointment, Darby said: As we look beyond COVID-19 and Brexit, I see exciting opportunities for the business, particularly in developing and expanding Orchard House's on-the-go fruit and beverage range.

“We will continuously strive to offer our customers the best service and quality with investment in people, technology, and processes. I look forward to working closely with Elaghmore and the Orchard House team.”

Darby joins the business following its acquisition by UK-based private equity fund Elaghmore in January this year.

Significant step for Orchard

Elaghmore co-founder Andy Ducker added: We see the appointment of Gavin as a significant step in our growth plans for Orchard House. He has a wealth of industry knowledge and experience that makes him the ideal person to lead the business forward and extend Orchard House’s position as a market leader.”

Orchard House and its associated brands supply retailers, on-the-go food outlets, foodservice providers and manufacturers throughout the UK, with clients including Marks & Spencer, Morrisons, Pret A Manger, Sainsbury’s and Tesco.

The Corby, Northamptonshire-based business employs around 1,000 people and utilises a global supply chain, sourcing and preparing a range of exotic fresh fruits from across the world.

Meanwhile, Mars Wrigley UK, which produces brands including M&M's, Milky Way and Skittles, has announced Adam Grant’s appointment as general manager.

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