Lion Foods, which processes and packs spices, as well as producing branded and own label sauces, has extended its executive team by appointing a commercial director, Paul Cook, and a manufacturing director, Keith Thompson.

Cook, who previously worked for the Mars Group, Coca-Cola and Grand Met Foods will take up his position at the beginning of May.

Thompson, having held senior positions with H J Heinz, United Biscuits and SmithKlineBeecham, has already joined the company.