Bakery ingredients supplier Puratos UK has made three new appointments to its business development teams in a bid to deliver ambitious growth plans in the UK. Jo Greengrass (above) takes on the role of industrial sales manager bakery. Greengrass joins the firm from Maple Leaf Bakery, where she was senior national account manager of Sainsbury’s and, latterly, Marks & Spencer.

Celine Vanbleus (below) joins the R&D bakery team. She has worked with Vandemoortele and Campden BRI and will focus on the development of new bakery ingredients and improver systems.

Susie Milson (right) is the new out-of-home sales manager and worked with Smithfield Foods before joining Puratos.

Louise Nixon

BAKO North Western

BAKO North Western has appointed Louise Nixon to the role of bids and tenders manager. Nixon has considerable experience in the tendering process gained from working with a large Australian utilities company. Her role at BAKO will encompass the entire process of bids and tenders.

James Smith


James Smith (above right) joined natural ingredients supplier Edme earlier this year as sales director of the firm. Smith has several years of professional experience in related industries and will spearhead a move to broaden the product and market base for the Edme brand. The firm supplies flaked and kibbled malt cereals, bakery concentrated mixes and diatastic and non-diatastic malt flours.

Ian Nicholls


Europe’s leading centre of excellence for food robotics and automation, CenFRA, has appointed Ian Nicholls as managing director. Nicholls has been involved in the food and drink sector for almost 40 years. His principle role at CenFRA will be to raise the company’s profile by promoting its project support and management services for the food and drink manufacturing sector. Nicholls is a former chief executive of Allied Bakeries.

Gary Lewis, Ruth Howes


Oils, fats and tomatoes supplier Silbury has made two new strategic appointments to expand its presence in the oils and fats market. Gary Lewis (right) joins the firm as director, oils and fats. Lewis previously worked with Cargill, Nortech and New Britain Palm Oil. Ruth Howes (right) has been promoted to sales director.