Tesco's category manager for fruit, Steve Rudge, has moved on to manage the salads category after overseeing the fruit category for just five months.

Rudge, a Tesco veteran who has worked for the supermarket in produce roles for 24 years, became fruit category manager at the end of April, having previously held the role of senior buying manager for ­international sourcing for Tesco's Central European business.

Nick Tatum, a relative unknown in the produce industry who previously worked for Tesco in an ­operational role, will ­replace him.