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Chapel Down names TWE’s Martin McGowan as sales director

McGowan worked at the Blossom Hill owner for almost eight years

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FSA appoints Emily Miles as new CEO

Miles joins the regulator from Defra, and replaces Jason Feeney, who retired last month

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Tony Holmes among three directors to leave Bestway in shake-up

Two other directors Edward Smeaton and Carolyn McMenemie have also left the business

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Peter McBride chosen to join Spar International executive committee

The group gathers twice a year for a two-day meeting, and at congress during the shareholders’ meeting of Spar International

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Mark Given made chief marketing officer of Sainsbury’s Argos

Argos marketing director Garry Kibble to leave the business

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Sarwar to become United Wholesale exec chairman in management shake-up

Operations director Chris Gallacher becomes new managing director

Nick Redford Managing Director Caterforce

Nick Redford to step down as Caterforce MD

Caterforce is hoping to have a successor in place by December, when Redford departs

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Mars Foods appoints Armen Topalian as sales director

Topalian was previously grocery director for Mars Petcare

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Saunders appointed WSTA chairman as Dan Jago departs role

Saunders joined Bibendum in 1982, working his way up to managing director

Parfetts online manager Natalie Campbell

Natalie Campbell takes up online manager role at Parfetts

Her brief is to transform the digital experience for the wholesaler’s suppliers

Steve Fox

Booker retail MD to take on Motor Fuel Group role

Fox will start his new role as MD of retail with the forecourt operator on 1 September

Clive Schlee

Clive Schlee to step down as Pret a Manger CEO

Schlee has overseen a tenfold rise in sales, helping Pret become a billion-pound business with over 550 shops

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Adrian Hipkiss to lead marketing at Boost Drinks

Founder and MD Simon Gray described Hipkiss’ appointment as marking an “important milestone”

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Thomas Blackwall to take over as British Coffee Association chair

Blackwall will be responsible for supporting the industry through the next phase of Brexit negotiations

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Weetabix appoints Gareth Turner to head of brand role

He joins Weetabix Food Co after a five-year stint at Arla


Diageo appoints new off-trade sales director

He previously worked for Nivea owner Beiersdorf

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Sainsbury’s eyes ‘value added’ growth with fresh foods department split

The new ‘value-added’ business unit will be headed-up by Jon Bye

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Jon Jenkins replaced at Allied by joint leaders

Jenkins is now pursuing other career opportunities within Associated British Foods

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Molson Coors’ Tesco account manager leaves for BrewDog

Stuart Harrison has taken up the role of grocer account controller for the craft brewer

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Montezuma's makes three hires to executive leadership team

Co-founders Helen and Simon Pattinson will become global ambassadors for the brand