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Dr Alex Blanchard has joined Reading Scientific Services Ltd (RSSL) as Senior Group Leader of Microscopy.
RSSL provides a range of analytical services to the global food, drink, pharmaceutical and healthcare sectors. Dr Blanchard will head the section using microscopy techniques for projects in new product development: understanding the link between microstructure and function, trouble shooting and foreign body identification.
Alex was previously Group Analytical and Microbiology Manager at Rentokil Initial. Prior to that he led Procter & Gamble's European Microbiology Department, where he oversaw microbiology risk management for a wide range of personal health care, oral care, skin care, cosmetics, baby and feminine care products. He was also Global Microbiology Leader for Visualisation and Demos using the latest microscopy capabilities.
EHL Ingredients, a leading importer, blender and supplier of food ingredients, has announced the appointment of a new product development manager to lead the development of new blends, which will enhance the current product range.
Katherine Davis, aged 49, brings over 25 years’ experience to the role, having previously worked as NPD manager at MRC Ltd. She established her development expertise in creating chilled and ambient sauces as well a wide range of dry products from conception to launch for customers in food manufacturing, retail and butchery sectors.
In her position at EHL, Katherine will specialise in creating innovative conventional and organic dry ingredient blends that will include coatings, rubs, seasonings and dry marinades for meat, fish and vegetable dishes. The incorporation of new exciting ingredients will add provenance to EHL customer products. Her main focus will be on the UK food manufacturing, food service, catering, bakery, snacks, wholesale and cash and carry. The organic, health food shops and speciality food stores will also be catered for.
Commenting on her appointment, Katherine said: “Creating and launching new blends is paramount to the company’s expansion plans this year, as marinades, coatings and rubs are a fast growing food trend that demands constant attention and modification. I’m excited to be joining the team and developing new ingredient blends to add to EHL’s successful portfolio.”
Katherine has also held NPD and Food Technologist roles at Robertson’s (based in South Africa) and has developed products for Knorr, Hellman’s and KFC. She will be based at the company’s head office in Reddish, Stockport, and will report to Tasneem Backhouse, Sales and Marketing Director.
Tasneem said: “Katherine joins the team at a very exciting time as we are in a period of strong growth and have plans for further expansion. She will be a great asset to the team and her knowledge, experience and reputation within the food industry will help to drive the company forward and strengthen our offering in organic, conventional ingredients and blends”.
Katherine’s appointment takes EHL Ingredients’ staff totals to 27 at its Stockport head office.
EHL Ingredients supplies high quality conventional and organic food ingredients from all over the world to the food manufacturing industry including spices, seasoning, herbs, seeds and dried fruits, nuts, lentils, grains and vegetables. It currently offers around 300 food ingredients and boasts a 200-strong organic range as well as over 50 custom blends.
Faerch Plast Appoints Three New Business Development Managers
As part of a strategic plan to capitalise on growth opportunities within the cold food & snacks market, Faerch Plast – one of Europe’s leading manufacturers of plastic packaging for the food industry – has appointed three new Business Development Managers for the South, North East and North West.
Darren Percy is new Business Development Manager for the South and joins Faerch Plast from Benson Box where he was National Account Manager. Prior to this, he spent five years at Veriplast Solutions Ltd (now Paccor Group) as UK & Ireland Sales Manager. He has also enjoyed roles at Swan Mill Paper Company, Ecolab, Dohler Group and JohnsonDiversey.
Richard Wild is responsible for generating new business in the North East. Richard started his packaging sales career at LINPAC Packaging where he spent 13 years in various roles including Regional and Senior Key Account Manager and European Food Service Marketing Manager. Most recently, he worked for SAICA Pack and Solo Cup Company.
Piyush Ladd’s remit covers the North West and he joins from Sealed Air Corporation where he was EMEA Account Manager. Before that, he spent almost eight years at LINPAC Packaging in various sales related roles including Sales Development Manager and Divisional Pricing Manager.
Faerch Plast Managing Director, Joe Iannidinardo comments: “We are pleased to welcome Darren, Richard and Piyush to the UK sales team, all of whom bring fresh thinking as well as significant experience of the packaging industry. We look forward to them maximising opportunities within the cold foods & snacks market which the business has identified as offering major growth potential.”
Faerch Plast has developed a wide range of innovative containers for a variety of cold food & snack products including bakery, dairy, vegetables, fruit and cold meats.
The company offers packs with cutlery included, perforated snap packs for portion control, and the recently launched resealable dispenser tray.
Generally produced from PP or APET which is a glass clarity material for maximum on shelf impact, the containers are available with standard or hinged tops whilst others are suited to top sealing.