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Gavin Darby

Gavin Darby’s bitter sweet exit from Premier Foods Subscription

13 Nov 2018 | By Alec Mattinson

Premier Foods shareholders have got their way with the departure of CEO Gavin Darby

Debbie Robinson joins Central England Co-op

Debbie Robinson to become Central England Co-op CEO

13 Nov 2018 | By Ronan Hegarty, Marianne Calnan

The Spar UK board ‘reluctantly’ accepted Robinson’s resignation


City snapshot: Gavin Darby announces Premier Foods departure as it seeks Ambrosia sale

13 Nov 2018 | By Alec Mattinson

Premier Foods’ CEO Gavin Darby has announced he is to step down in January, while it has also said it is in talks to sell its Ambrosia brand. Plus grocery sales slow in October and B&M shares plunge on sales slowdown

Lai-Ping Lai

Lai-Ping Lai made chief product officer at

09 Nov 2018 | By Daniel Selwood

She has been given charge of an 18-strong technology & digital products team at the company’s Richmond HQ

Tesco booker merge

Booker company secretary & CFO leave in wake of Tesco merger

08 Nov 2018 | By Ronan Hegarty

CFO Jonathan Prentis and company secretary Mark Chilton have been stalwarts of the business since it was spun out from the Big Food Group in 2005

David Gates

Diageo Futures MD David Gates joins BrewDog’s LoneWolf

06 Nov 2018 | By Daniel Woolfson

He told The Grocer he wanted to carve out a similar niche for LoneWolf in the spirits sector as BrewDog had done in beer

charles ireland diageo

Diageo GB boss Charles Ireland announces departure

02 Nov 2018 | By Daniel Woolfson

Ireland will leave the spirits giant at the end of this year after 20 years

Pret breakfast

Pret must rebuild trust but Smith hire marks decisive action

02 Nov 2018 | By Carina Perkins

The sandwich chain seems to have finally woken up to its responsibilities

 Waitrose plastic bags rebranded

Waitrose Food editor resigns after vegan 'joke' controversy

01 Nov 2018 | By Marianne Calnan

Sitwell responded to an email pitch about vegan recipes with a suggestion of a series on ‘killing vegans’

Jon Hughes, Haribo

Jon Hughes takes over as Haribo UK & Ireland MD

01 Nov 2018 | By Daniel Selwood

The appointment fills a position left vacant since Herwig Vennekens’ promotion in the summer

tim smith, tesco

Pret hires ex-FSA boss Tim Smith as food safety adviser

31 Oct 2018 | By Carina Perkins

The sandwich chain has come under increasing pressure to review its food safety policies and procedures in the wake of several serious allergen incidents

Lydia Freeman

Lydia Freeman joins Accolade Wines as marketing manager

29 Oct 2018 | By Daniel Woolfson

She previously worked for Noble Foods

George Goley Holland & Barrett

Holland & Barrett hires George Goley as first tech chief

29 Oct 2018 | By Marianne Calnan

Both new hires will report directly to CEO Peter Aldis

Mathew Dunn Britvic

Mathew Dunn to leave Britvic after three years as CFO Subscription

26 Oct 2018 | By Henry Saker-Clark

Dunn will leave Britvic in April 2019 to move to online fashion retailer Asos

Kevin McNair, Purdey’s GB marketing director

Kevin McNair made marketing director at KP Snacks

25 Oct 2018 | By Daniel Selwood

McNair is currently GB marketing director at Britvic, which he joined after 19 years with Unilever

Michelle Brampton

Michelle Brampton to lead Treasury Wine Estates in Europe

18 Oct 2018 | By Daniel Woolfson

Current MD Tom King is departing to become the business’ COO for Asia


Aldi to appoint human and labour rights director

18 Oct 2018 | By Helen Gilbert

Aldi says Oxfam’s report is “misleading’ and does not represent the chain’s “current position”

trevor strain morrisons

Trevor Strain takes new role as chief finance and commercial officer at Morrisons

17 Oct 2018 | By Ian Quinn

Darren Blackhurst moving to a projects role reporting to CEO David Potts

edward bentley jw filshill

Edward Bentley joins JW Filshill as impulse buyer

16 Oct 2018 | By Helen Gilbert

Bentley will report to category manager Derek Cowan at the wholesaler

Matt Anderson

AB InBev packaging manager departs for Curious Drinks

16 Oct 2018 | By Daniel Woolfson

Matthew Anderson, who worked for the Budweiser and Stella owner for over a decade, has taken up the role of head of brewing and production at the Kent-based business

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