Macphie appoints sustainability manager

By Rod Addy

- Last updated on GMT

Allan, with Macphie chairman Alastair Macphie
Allan, with Macphie chairman Alastair Macphie

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Food ingredients manufacturer Macphie has appointed Kirsty Allan to the newly created post of sustainability manager to drive forward its environmental agenda.

Allan joins Macphie from energy, digital and industrial transformation specialists Bouygues Energies & Services, where she has worked for the last four years.

She will oversee Macphie’s growing environmental commitments and lead the company’s efforts to achieve net zero carbon emissions ahead of Government targets.

Her arrival would help the business drive sustainable, profitable growth, said company chairman Alastair Macphie. “We have ambitious growth plans and it’s vital that sustainability continues to be built into everything we do. From new products to new processes, Kirsty will be responsible for making sure that any future transformations are sustainable.

Certified B Corp

“As a certified B Corp, we are already striving towards the highest social and environmental standards. However, we must continue to build on this momentum and continually find new and better ways of working for the people and places around us.

“Kirsty brings with her a true passion for sustainability and a sense of enthusiasm that is already seeing her drive real change within the business.”

Allan said: “We are making significant progress as we formalise our plans and work hard to bring about measurable changes in how we operate.”

Renewable energy

Macphie has been a certified B Corp since 2015, meaning it works to the highest standard of environmental and social performance. It claims to have become the first UK food manufacturer to use a biomass boiler to produce and use steam power in 2008. And in 2014 it began using renewable energy from on-site wind turbines installed within its Glenbervie headquarters in Scotland.

Other B Corp members include Jude’s Ice Cream, Danone, Bol, Ella’s Kitchen.

Added value ingredients supplier Meadow Foods announced a trio of appointments last month​. Andy Smith was recruited as commercial director of speciality ingredients; Alun Lewis was promoted to head of sustainability; and Lorraine Hammond became HR director.

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