Three senior personnel have joined the Liverpool headquarters of ingredients supplier Renshaw, now part of the Real Good Food company.

Managing director STEPHEN HESLOP joins the firm from Grampian Country Food Group, where he was regional managing director (Scotland). This followed four years in managing director roles at Golden West Foods (RHM). SARAH SUMMERS comes to the company as commercial director, She has eight years’ experience at board level with Glanbia, Uniq and Food Partners. New operations director DAVID WRIGHT joins the team after eight years at Tetley GB, where he was UK operations director. He also has expertise in engineering, production and dispatch management gained at Park Cakes and Campbell Frozen Foods.

Continental patisserie and speciality breads supplier Bakehouse has recently appointed food consultant NELLIE NICHOLS to facilitate a project investigating a new way of thinking about product development. Nichols, who has worked with some well-known food brands in the industry, gets companies to think radically about the way in which they approach NPD, encouraging them to include people from outside the standard product development circle to contribute ideas. Part of her project with Bakehouse is based on the theory that everyone has a ‘food memory’ and is therefore able to contribute valid ideas. Key to successful new launches, says the company, will be translating those ideas into products that are commercially viable.

Cranberry co-operative Ocean Spray has appointed ROB BEAMS to the position of vice-president, agricultural supply development. Mr Beams currently heads the company’s ingredient technology group.

Fudge and toffee ingredients manufacturer Food Design has appointed MIKE SMITH, formerly of Meadow Foods, as technical sales executive for the firm. At Meadow Foods, he worked closely on new product development and helped to establish and grow a specialist ingredients division, supplying inclusions and toppings for bakery, ice-cream and chocolate products.

Consolidation of fresh fruit and fruit ingredient supplier JO Sims’ UK operation has resulted in two appointments. KEVIN MATCHETT joins the firm as commercial director with responsibility for fresh fruit and ingredients. He joins the company from Kerry Ingredients. RON MCMILLAN, previously European sales manager at Ocean Spray ITG, is appointed business development manager, drinks, and will liaise with UK manufacturers to develop this sector for the company.

Bako Northern has welcomed its newest recruit to sales and marketing – MARTIN HOULISTON. He joins the company straight from college, where he recently completed an advanced qualification in business studies. Houliston’s father, Keith Houliston,

is sales director of British Bakels and he is keen to develop a career in the baking industry. He initially joins Bako as business development executive.

PAUL HARRISON has been made sales director at the UK arm of Turkish raisins and sultanas company Unsoy. He joins from Barrow Lane and Ballard, where he was senior trader in dried fruits.He has also held senior sales positions with Voicevale and HJ Heinz. He brings over 15 years of experience in the dried fruit markets.