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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.
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."