One of the best known figures in UK food and drink exporting, James Eastwood MBE, is retiring at the age of 84. A former Shippam's executive, he set up James Eastwood Associates in 1979 to help UK exporters sell in Australia and New Zealand. He also led many trade missions for the British Food Export Council. Among the companies whose export programmes he assisted were Ross Foods, Swizzels Matlow, Homepride, Walkers Nonsuch and Walkers Shortbread. Eastwood was a director of Veeraswameys prior to its takeover. {{NEWS }}