Spirits producer Stock Spirits Group has appointed Peter Sheridan as finance director for its international division. He joins from Enotria Winecellars where he was FD for three years.

Richard Sainter and Lesley Loveday have joined home baking and herbs and spices company Fiddes Payne as export sales manager and marketing development manager respectively. Sainter was previously head of client development at Food from Britain, while Loveday worked in marketing at Elisabeth the Chef.

CTN retailer Newsplus Group has made two new appointments. Anne Edwards will be responsible for their EPoS project, security and personnel functions, while David Gooder will head the health and safety and training functions.

Steve Judd, former director of sales at Doves Farm Foods, has joined Balance Foods as commercial controller. Judd will manage and develop the growth of the accounts with Sainsbury's and Waitrose.
Warwickshire brewer Purity Brewing Co has appointed Josh Walker as apprentice brewer, Andy Harris as warehouse and logistics manager, Claire James as office manager, Steve Bell as sales manager and Julia Hickin as bookkeeper.

Dairygold Food Ingredients has named Antony Kourellias as its business development chef for foodservice. The former pizza chef will be responsible for expanding the company’s Pizzamelt brand.

Welsh chef Bryn Williams is to promote the Wales the True Taste Food & Drink Awards, which recognise quality, excellence and innovation in Welsh food and drink.

The Agriculture & Horticulture Development Board has appointed Professor Ian Crute to become the first chief scientist from September. Professor Crute is currently the Director of Rothamsted Research.

Fodder, the new food shop and café set up by the Yorkshire Agricultural Society, has appointed Rachel Burberry as general manager. She was formerly the operations manager at independent retailer Bettys and Taylors of Harrogate.