Jack Hancock

Source: Meadow Foods 

Hancock joined the Cheshire-based business in 2007, and has led several transformational projects

Dairy and plant-based ingredient specialist Meadow Foods has appointed Jack Hancock to the new position of mergers & acquisitions and strategy director.

Hancock joined the Cheshire-based business in 2007 – leading several transformational projects across the group.

The appointment is a promotion and expansion of his most recent role as MD of Meadow Foods’ fast-growing plant-based division.

In that role, Hancock led the development of its new £4m plant-based facility, which opened in 2020 and makes dairy alternatives for major UK brands.

In his new position, Hancock will focus on developing Meadow’s strategic direction “through transformational growth opportunities and M&A”.

Hancock will also continue to oversee Meadow’s “flourishing” plant-based division”, it added, and it is recruiting for a head of sales to bolster the team.

He will also continue in his role as an executive and board member.

The move follows Meadow’s appointment of Sysco Specialty Group CEO Raj Tugnait as its new CEO in January. He replaced Mark Chantler, the son of Meadow co-founder Simon – who moved to a non-executive role but remains a significant shareholder.

Meadow Foods has seen significant growth since attracting investment from PE firm Exponent in 2018 and the earlier involvement of PE business Paine Schwartz Partners.

It has since acquired businesses including Roil Foods, Fayrefield Liquids and Nimbus Foods.