The Food & Drink Federation has appointed Steve Barnes as to the new role of economic & commercial services director.

Barnes joins the body later this month after 17 years with the IGD, where he held various business development roles.

He will report directly to FDF director general Melanie Leech.

She said: “Steve’s experience and knowledge of the food industry will further strengthen our top team and his appointment will be pivotal to delivering our shared ambition to grow our highly successful industry by 20% by 2020.”