Brook Food has expanded its sales division with the appointment of Simon Lawton Hayes as field sales manager.

The Taunton-based bakery equipment supplier said Lawton Hayes, having worked in the supermarket bakery market for 28 years, would bring a new approach and focus to its sales team, with a strong understanding of retail and developing end products for large-volume production.

Lawton Hayes joins from CSM, where Brook said he demonstrated key skills in developing and supporting the opening of in-store supermarket bakeries, and in the role of bespoke technical training for bakery managers from the introduction of functional ingredients, dough making, baking, merchandising and display.