Colin Smith, the ex-chief executive of Safeway, is joining the board of Hilton Food Group as non-executive from 1 October 2010.

Smith is currently chairman of Poundland Group Holdings and a non-executive director of McBride. He has extensive experience in the food retailing and distribution industry including 20 years at Safeway, the last six years as chief executive, prior to which he was finance director.

He has previously held chairmanships at food and agriculture businesses Assured Food Standards, Masstock Group and Blueheath Holdings.