David Armstrong, MD of Bako UK for the last year, left the company at the end of January.

Armstrong, who formerly worked for Threshers and Unwins, has been recruited by supermarket Asda to work in a senior position within the retailer’s wine and spirit buying team.

Bako chairman Michael Bell, of Bells of Lazonby, said: "We are sad to see David leave Bako. However, we wish him every success in the new role. Before we recruit a replacement, we can review how we do things."

Bako is a co-operative between five different regional buying groups; Northern in Durham, North West in Preston, Wales in Swansea, Western in Cullompton, and London and South East in Merton. Bell added: "This allows us to provide a great local ser-vice through national purchasing strengths. Our aim is always to obtain the best price for the local baker." Queries can be referred to John Smyth, group purcha-sing manager.