Beech's Fine Chocolates has appointed Robert White as its new managing director.

White has extensive experience in the food industry, having held roles at companies such as Bassets, Nabisco, RHM and Bendicks of Mayfair.

Following ten years at Bendicks, he set up several companies, including Ackermans Chocolates, Dale Country Foods and I'Anson Brothers.

He replaces Peter Heaps, who has passed away.

In his new role White will take responsibility for overseeing and contributing to all aspects of the business.

Beech's Fine Chocolates has also appointed Peter Hopps as sales director. Hopps has worked at Beech's for 18 years in a number of sales and ­national account roles.

He will be overseeing all sales and marketing ­functions and will also manage ­several key com­pany accounts.

Beech's has also appoin­ted Nikki Hunt as finance director, who joins from Babcock Water Engineering.