Bart Ingredients to appoint new CEO

By Bethan Grylls

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David Collard (left) and Adam Sims (right). Credit: Bart Ingredients
David Collard (left) and Adam Sims (right). Credit: Bart Ingredients

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Effective 1 April, current chief commercial officer, Adam Sims, will be taking on the role of CEO at the Bristol-based herbs, spices and ingredients manufacturer.

Ahead of his new role this Spring, Adam Sims will be stepping up to deputy CEO in the interim as he leads Bart Ingredients into its next phase of growth.  

His promotion comes after nine years at the organisation, with roles across business development, finance and category insights.

Current chief executive officer, David Collard, will be moving into the role of non-executive chairman in the meantime, as he begins his transition into retirement.

Collard’s tenure oversaw the business as it boomed during the pandemic, resulting in the company relocating into a 167,000sqft site in Severn Beach after outgrowing its former factory in Bedminster in 2022. The company has also recently expanded its stockists, with Waitrose having being added to its list. 

Commenting on his departure, Collard said: “It has been a privilege to lead the business and work with so many amazing people under the ownerships of both Langholm Capital and now the Fuchs Gruppe. This is an exciting time for the business. As we enter 2024, the team is well-placed to drive the next phase of growth. On a personal note, I would like to thank everyone that I have worked with for the support shown to me and Bart over the years.”

Sims added: “It’s an absolute honour to be the incoming CEO of this extraordinary company. Stepping into this position comes with a profound sense of responsibility. However, with the support of an incredible team and the capabilities within the Fuchs Gruppe, I am excited about the future ahead.”

Sales director, Patrick Pace, will also be retiring from the business after 11 years. He will remain at the company on a part-time basis until a replacement is appointed.

In other news, Mutti - the Italian tomato processor, has launched a UK subsidiary following the recent appointment of a new UK managing director.

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