Brian Byrne has been named as the new chief procurement officer at The Compleat Food Group.
The manufacturer said it was delighted to welcome the 43-year-old, who brings “a wealth of procurement experience” to the newly created role, which started on 19 June.
According to Compleat, Byrne will be responsible for driving its procurement and ESG strategies, and further developing the ‘great work already started by the team’.
He most recently served as chief procurement officer for Fox’s Burton’s Companies, and was also a consultant for Iceland and regional buying director for Hilton Food Group. Prior to those jobs, Byrne worked for almost two decades in various senior buyer roles at Tesco, and Dunnes Stores in his native Ireland.
Compleat CEO Nick Field, who was previously Byrne’s boss at Burton’s Biscuits, said he was thrilled his former colleague was joining at a time when they are on an “exciting journey” to becoming the UK’s no.1 chilled prepared food company. “I am confident that with Brian’s experience of industry leading procurement, change management and ESG credentials he will add a great deal to our team and for our customers,” Field added.
The Compleat Food Group was created from the merger of Addo Food Group and Winterbotham Darby in October 2021, with the business acquiring Wrights Food Group two months later. It is currently home to brands including Pork Farms, Wall’s Pastry, Squeaky Bean, Unearthed, and Vadasz, with a combined annual turnover of £700m.
“With fresh food being my passion and a consistent part of my career to date, I’m delighted to be joining one of the UK’s leading food companies,” said Byrne. “As well as being market leaders, Compleat is backed by a talented team that I’m excited to work with, and I look forward to seeing the company continue to go from strength to strength.”