Canada-based Maple Leaf Foods has announced the appointment of Peter Baker as the new head of bakery at its UK operations, Maple Leaf Bakery UK. He will take over the role of managing director, effective 6 April, after Maple Leaf’s parent company Canada Bread announced the departure of previous MD Peter Maycock last month.
Baker will be based at the company’s Park Royal office in London and has had over 30 years experience in the baking industry, including his position as chief executive of La Fornaia from 2003-2007, a company acquired by Maple Leaf in late 2007.
He has also served as chief operating officer (divisional MD) at RHM Consumer Brands and as managing and divisional director at British Bakeries from 1996-2002.
Other related management experience in the baking industry includes his role as divisional MD of RHM Cereals, RHM director and managing director of Rank Hovis.
Maple Leaf Bakery UK, based in Rotherham, produces speciality bakery products including bagels, artisan and health breads, croissants and Viennoiserie via retailer own-label and through its New York Bakery brand.