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Ingredients, meat and drinks industry senior appointments

By Gwen Ridler

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Senior appointments by Sleaford Quality Foods, HCC and Cawston Press are covered in this round-up
Senior appointments by Sleaford Quality Foods, HCC and Cawston Press are covered in this round-up

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Sleaford Quality Foods, HCC and Cawston Press have all announced senior appointments, featured in this run-down of people on the move in food and drink.

New innovation hire at Sleaford Quality Foods

Trevor Holmes - Sleaford Quality Foods
Trevor Holmes, Sleaford innovation manager

Ingredients and blends supplier to the food and drink industry Sleaford Quality Foods has appointed Trevor Holmes as innovation manager.

He joins the company after 26 years with Bakkavor, where he was most recently group culinary innovation chef, responsible for product development across multiple categories in supermarket Marks & Spencer.

Trevor said one of the reasons he joined Sleaford was his desire to work with managing director James Arnold.

"James as a managing director is an engaging person to work alongside,"​ said Trevor. "The growth and development plans that he outlined to me were exciting and we're now busy putting plans into place for the next four years to achieve our targets.

“There are huge opportunities for the company to add to its foodservice and manufacturing channels and to expand into the retail sector. It's an exciting time to be working here."

Trevor will play a role in Sleaford Quality Foods' plans to develop and expand its innovation and new product development capabilities during 2023 and beyond.

James Arnold added: “It's great to have Trevor on board for what will be a period of rapid growth for Sleaford Quality Foods and he will play an integral role in that.

“Trevor’s vast experience, skills and vision will be vital as we look to expand our innovation capabilities. His focus on the performance of our business will go a long way to ensuring we meet our targets for 2023 and beyond.”

Board appointments at HCC

Hybu Cig Cymru – Meat Promotion Wales (HCC), has announced the appointment of four new directors to the board.

HCC board appointment
(L-R) Mike Humphreys, Vicki Spencer-Francis, Hugh Hesketh Evans and Caroline Sanger Davies

Marketing professional Caroline Sanger-Davies, grassland research specialist Professor Mike Humphreys, farmer and former leader of Denbighshire County Council High Hesketh Evans and PR professional Vicki Spencer-Francis are set to join the board.

The new board members replace three experienced colleagues who are standing down at the end of their terms of office – Huw Davies, Claire Williams and Melody Chapman.

Rural Affairs Minister Lesley Griffiths, who announced the appointments, said: “Congratulations to Caroline Sanger-Davies, Mike Humphreys, Hugh Hesketh Evans and Vicki Spencer-Francis on their appointment to the Board of Hybu Cig Cymru.

“Their knowledge and expertise will be important to HCC’s work to deliver for the Welsh red meat sector such as enhancing marketing, supply chain efficiency and driving forward greater sustainability.”

John Davies and Gareth Davies have been reappointed for a third term to the Board and Prys Morgan and Rhys Davies for a second term.

Senior hire at Cawston Press

Jeeten Poonit
Jeeten Poonit

Drinks manufacturer Cawston Press has appointed former Pladis head of procurement Jeeten Poonit as operations director.

Poonit boasts an extensive history within the food and drink industry, having spent more than 30 years in senior roles across the likes of Godiva, Britvic and Diageo specialising in procurement category management, sourcing and supplier development.

His appointment coincides with the launch of Cawston’s ‘Pressing for Better’ sustainability action plan, which Poonit will be heavily involved in implementing.

Commenting on Poonit’s appointment, managing director Steve Kearns said: “Jeeten holds a wealth of experience in the food and drinks category and we are thrilled to have him join the Cawston Press family.

“We look forward to welcoming Jeeten as we continue to make Cawston Press a loved, household favourite, whilst implementing our ‘Pressing For Better’ strategy across each touchpoint of the brand.”

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