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Leading inclusions specialist Pecan Deluxe Candy (Europe) has strengthened its top management team with several heavyweight appointments and promotions to boost its presence in European and Middle/Far Eastern markets.
The global bakery, QSR and foodservice inclusions expert has promoted former Commercial Director Graham Kingston to the position of Managing Director, as outgoing MD Allan Dew moves to a Non-Executive Director role. As two of his first tasks, Mr Kingston appointed Andrew Pitt as Operations Director and Rachael Dunbar as Business Development Manager for Europe. Both new hires come with an impressive pedigree: Andrew boasts over a decade in food production with blue-chip firms, honing his expertise in technical and processing areas; whilst Rachael brings with her extensive experience in business development at a worldwide leader in food ingredients.
Andrew has taken responsibility for all aspects of operations, including supply chain, production, engineering, stores, and logistics, and expects to utilise his site management and continuous improvement skill sets to maximise production outputs. Rachael has been tasked with developing the company’s already significant presence throughout Europe, focusing in particular on the firm’s flagship cookie dough and praline products.
Alongside the newcomers, Charlotte Walker has been promoted to the position of UK Sales Controller and simultaneously has taken on a key role in the marketing team in order to support the company’s new sales strategy.
Graham Kingston commented: “Pecan Deluxe Europe already has a widespread customer base in Europe and the Middle East. Our intention is to strengthen our profile in potential new markets and increase sales to existing customers by ensuring that our messages of quality, versatility, service and speed are broadcast loud and clear to all our prospects, and as a timely reminder to current customers. I have the utmost confidence that our new management team has the skills, experience and commitment to deliver effectively on this strategy.”
Pecan Deluxe is already the biggest European supplier of cookie dough pieces in a range of sizes, which feature in many household name premium ice creams as well as QSR and gastro-pub desserts. All Pecan Deluxe products are made entirely of natural ingredients in segregated facilities, and the company is constantly innovating to meet demand from a growing number of manufacturers for new flavour and texture options.
Joachim Dittrich (50) has been appointed head of the Liquid Food business unit at Bosch Packaging Technology. He succeeds Jürgen Katzenbach (45), who will become the unit's commercial manager.
The Liquid Food business unit develops, manufactures, and markets processing and packaging solutions for liquid and paste-like foods, especially for customers in the dairy, fruit juice, and coffee industries. The personnel changes took effect on1 May. Dittrich initially to remain head of the Weert site.
Joachim Dittrich is a qualified automotive mechanic and mechanical engineer, who has been working for Bosch Packaging Technology since June 2011. He has many years of experience in the industry, having previously held a variety of positions as a manager or specialist at international packaging technology companies. He began working for Bosch as head of the Weert site in the Netherlands, a post the father of two will continue to occupy until a successor has been found.
Jürgen Katzenbach remains head of the Waiblingen site. He is a graduate in information management, will remain head of the Waiblingen site and simultaneously occupy the newly created position of commercial manager of Liquid Food. Since April 2011 he has been managing the Waiblingen site, a fast-growing location that currently has a workforce of around 1,100 associates. Katzenbach, also a father of two, previously spent five and a half years in Japan.
On behalf of Klaus Albeck and Dr. Stefan König, both of whom are members of the division's executive management team, division president Friedbert Klefenz expressed his gratitude to both Joachim Dittrich and Jürgen Katzenbach for their work to date. He also wished them every success for their new management tasks.
"Our PA 2020 strategy is targeting global expansion of our portfolio of packaging systems for liquid foods," he said. "In order to achieve this, we require not only international management experience, but also outstanding technological expertise – two qualities that we can now boast in an ideal combination."
Fast developing Snowbird foods has made its first new senior management appointment since the management bought the company last year.
The fully cooked and frozen sausage and meatballs company has named Stephen Collings as technical manager responsible for product safety, legality and quality.
Reporting to him are five quality inspectors, a new product development specialist and a specification technologist.
Mr Collings has spent his working life in the frozen meat industry, latterly in senior technical positions with Tulip Foods and the Tranfield Meat Company. He reports to joint managing directors Philip Paul and Albert McGovern.
In internal moves Samantha Farrelly has been appointed new product development manager and Otto Antal as specification co-ordinator whilst Lorena Amad Valesquesa has joined the company as quality auditor.