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Frontline Packaging team has welcomed Gary Bond as its new Sales Manager.
Gary comes with a wealth of experience in the packaging industry and an in-depth knowledge of the business through his years working with a variety of manufacturers including flow wrapping, filling systems and end-of-line machinery. He has worked with customers in the food and beverage industry for many years and is excited about the range and quality of Frontline's machinery offering.
He will be focusing on Frontline's core product range including shrink wrapping, case taping & erecting and pallet wrapping equipment. He will be offering expert help and advice to customers and prospective customers around the UK.
Nestle’s Fiona Kendrick Elected FDF President For 2015
At the Food and Drink Federation (FDF)’s recent Council meeting Fiona Kendrick, CEO and Chairman of Nestlé UK and Ireland, was elected FDF President for 2015 in succession to Richard Evans, President of PepsiCo West Europe & South Africa Region.
A formal handover of responsibilities will take place at the FDF President’s Reception on 15 December.
Outgoing FDF President Richard Evans said: “It has been a pleasure to lead FDF’s work, first as Chair of the Health and Wellbeing Steering Group and then as President. I have enjoyed the support of a committed membership and a high performing executive team and would like to thank all of them. Fiona Kendrick has already made a substantial contribution to FDF’s work as Chair of its Competitiveness Steering Group and I am delighted that she has been elected to the role of President for 2015. I wish her every success in the role.”
FDF President-elect Fiona Kendrick said: "The food and drink industry is the largest manufacturing sector in the UK. Together we play a vital role in the UK economy as a major employer, as a partner to British agriculture, and as a supplier to British retailers. Most importantly we provide a fantastic range of great food and drink products for UK consumers.
"I am delighted to be elected as President of the Food and Drink Federation. I will look forward to working with our membership to build on the great progress we have made under Richard's Presidency, and to ensure that our industry remains competitive and continues to grow in the future."
The Co-operative Food has announced a significant senior appointment to the leadership team of the £7bn business.
Chris Whitfield joins The Co-op from Tesco. Chris will take up the new role of Retail and Logistics Director, reporting directly to Retail Chief Executive Steve Murrells as a member of his Executive team. The post was created following the departure earlier in the year of former Food Chief Operating Officer Sean Toal. Chris will oversee The Co-operative Food’s 2,800 stores as well as the logistics function.
Steve Murrells said: “We are at an exciting point with the business, as our retail strategy to concentrate on the convenience sector takes hold. Sales in these stores are outperforming the market and Chris’ wealth of retail experience will be invaluable as we look to improve our operations and logistics functions further.
“I am delighted that an individual with such a strong track record in the industry has joined the business and he will play leading roles in the implementation of our retail strategy.”
Chris Whitfield has worked in retail for 27 years, most of that time for Tesco, where he has held a number of senior roles. For the last two years he has been Store Operations Director for Tesco Lotus in Thailand, one of the group’s largest businesses outside of the UK, with 60,000 employees and over 1800 stores across 4 formats; Extra, Hypermarket, Superstores and Express.