United Co-op's food group has named Paul Jenkinson as area manager, overseeing 14 food stores in south Staffordshire. He has managed stores for Somerfield for 23 years.

new chairman
Former United Milk chairman Richard Ashworth has been elected chairman of NFU Corporate, taking over from Robin Pooley, chairman of English Apples and Pears.
Richard Beldam, of Centaur Grains, was elected vice-chairman, replacing First Milk chairman Roger Evans.
NFU Corporate represents farmer-controlled businesses and co-operatives in England and Wales.

finance chief quits
Peter Cleaves, chief financial officer of Australian wine supplier Southcorp, has resigned but is staying on until a successor is appointed. The move comes two weeks after the arrival of John Ballard as chief executive, replacing Keith Lambert.

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