Industry veteran Mike Johnson, former UK general manager of equipment supplier Rondo, has passed away.

Johnson, who retired in 2007 after more than 40 years in the baking industry, was responsible for growing and developing Rondo from the early days of the business.

“It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Mike Johnson,” stated Rondo.

“Mike was well-known and respected throughout the baking industry, having helped many UK bakery businesses to automate and increase productivity through the introduction of equipment.”

There will be a cremation service for close family only on Monday 20 January.

This will be followed by a church service in remembrance and celebration of Johnson’s life at 1pm, at St Peter’s Church, Pebworth, Warwickshire CV37 8XG.

The family will be wearing blue, which was Johnson’s favourite colour.

The family request no flowers please, with donations to Alzheimer’s Research UK or Leukaemia UK.