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Starting 2017 at a gallop, leading European packaging specialist KM Packaging Services Ltd has boosted its technical and customer service departments with a newly hired trio of skilled staff.
Joining the KM team as Technical Manager, Agnieszka Knap brings nearly ten years’ experience in the packaging industry, fulfilling a wide remit in quality and technical roles. With an in-depth knowledge of converting and testing material properties, Agnieszka is a qualified external auditor with the remit to provide technical support for KM’s product trials and development in both UK and overseas markets.
Natalya Ricketts enhances a highly experienced Customer Service Team with over 50 years of service delivery among them and, in addition to boosting the marketing function, will also respond to customer enquiries from around the globe and ensure their requirements are met. In addition, Emily Perry joins the KM Finance Department as Business Support Assistant with responsibility for the purchase ledger and company expenses, as well as fulfilling trial despatches to customers.
KM Packaging’s Commercial Director Graham Holding commented: “KM Packaging is continuing its expansion in both domestic and international markets, and we’re committed to providing excellent technical and customer service to our customers across the globe. All three new team members complement the company’s reputation for skills and innovation, supporting our target of extending shelf life, preventing food leakage or spoilage, and helping our customers to improve their offering to the consumer.”
Leading the market in application knowledge and technical expertise, KM includes barrier shrink films, high performance antifog films and resealable film lidding – amongst other products - within its extensive ranges. Operating globally in North and South America, Europe, Africa, the Middle East and Australasia, KM’s lidding solutions enable customers across the world to most effectively present, protect and preserve all kinds of chilled, frozen and convenience foods. Of course, KM’s films meet FDA and CFIA requirements for use in food packaging solutions, sealing to CPET, APET, PP, Foil, Board and thermoform applications.
Troy Foods Appoints Managing Director For Salads Division
Leading vegetable and salad producer, Troy Foods has appointed Peter Canetti as managing director of its rapidly expanding salads division.
Peter, who has worked in chilled food manufacturing for 26 years, joins from Walkers Deli, part of the Samworth Brothers Group, where he was production director. Prior to that, he spent six years with Greencore, latterly as general manager at its Spalding Food to Go operation.
In his new role, Peter will be responsible for leading Troy Foods’ successful salads division. He aims to further grow and develop the salads business both by seeking new opportunities with current customers and also by winning new customers as the company continues to expand its range of dressed salads which includes coleslaw, potato and pasta salads. It also offers a wide selection of savoury dips, sandwich fillings, snacks and speciality salads.
Peter comments: “This is a fantastic opportunity to join a well-established business with huge potential where I believe my input as part of the management team can make a real difference in helping take Troy Foods to the next level. We will continue to offer great products, drive industry leading customer service and product quality while running the business as efficiently as possible to ensure we are able to provide competitive prices.”
James Kempley, general manager of Troy Foods, adds: “With his impressive track record holding a number of senior roles in chilled food manufacturing with some of the biggest names in the UK, Peter brings a wealth of experience. We believe he will make a valuable contribution in helping us to achieve our aim of building Troy Foods into a £100m turnover business in the next five years as we continue to invest in our manufacturing facilities and team in order to reliably deliver quality and service to our customers.”
Dating back to the 1920s, the Yorkshire-based family business started out as a vegetable wholesale business. Troy Foods has grown into a leader in the supply of freshly prepared vegetables for ready meals and retail packs to the UK’s major supermarkets; and for processing value added lines such as dressed salads, dips and mayonnaise and dressings to retailers and food service groups.
ULMA Packaging Ltd, the leading packaging machinery and complete automated lines supplier, has boosted its UK workforce with another sales appointment, which coincides with the launch of the exciting ultrasonic sealing Vertical Form Fill Seal (VFFS) machine.
The international firm is confident that its recruitment plans, coupled with the new machinery, will help the company further improve its presence in key markets, such as fresh produce, and break into new ones as the UK economy adjusts to Brexit.
Steve Brooks takes up the position of VFFS Business Manager to spearhead this commercial strategy. He brings a wealth of experience in the international packaging industry and automation-specific projects to ULMA’s UK operations. Steve will help drive sales of its technically advanced vertical equipment into a wider range of market sectors.
ULMA’s UK Managing Director, Chris Pickles, said: “The investment in sales expertise goes hand in hand with an expanding product portfolio which will help continue the growth the company has enjoyed over the past years. This puts us in an excellent position to meet demand from both new and established markets, especially in automation and for our versatile range of high-quality vertical sealing equipment.”
Steve added: “I’m delighted to have joined such a go-ahead company as ULMA. It’s a fantastic opportunity to be in charge of growing ULMA’s vertical range of packaging equipment in the UK. ULMA’s background is a great selling point to our customers as is the high quality of the machines. “Because the company is part of a multi-faceted co-operative which is totally committed to the Global Packaging Machinery marketplace, it provides great stability and fantastic after-sales support for customers, which I consider very important in a fast changing industry.”
VFFS equipment can help companies optimise their packaging to combat consumer food waste and improve pack presentation. ULMA’s systems can boost productivity for food processors by reducing format changing times and cleaning regimes.
In addition to single equipment, ULMA can also bring together stand-alone packaging machinery with the automation side of the business to provide customers with one single point of technical and sales contact. This means that ULMA customers can now be offered one of the largest packaging solution choices available anywhere in the UK.
Innovative packaging technology – backed up by ULMA’s complete spares and service support – offers the food industry equipment and fully integrated solutions that are highly productive and efficient to meet the growing demand from retailers for extended shelf life, great commercial visibility and speed to market.