National wholesale trading group Confex has recruited Chris Wootton as business development manager.

Confex said he had achieved sustainable growth with all main trading partners for the past five years while working with previous employer Ferrero.

Wootton will take shared responsibility for confectionery, snacks, chilled and frozen, as well as the newly formed Confex Classic Retail Club. He replaces Julia Stiles who leaves this month to live in France.