Ingredients industry round-up

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In this week's ingredients industry round-up we cover the latest
people on the move, plus office closures and plant expansions.

Irish dairy processor and ingredients firm Glanbia​ has a new chairman, electing Michael Walsh to succeed Tom Corcoran who has retired as chairman and director of the company​.

Walsh, who farms at Graiguenamanagh, Co. Kilkenny, has been vice chairman of the board since 1996. He has also been appointed chairman of Glanbia Co-operative society.

Further change at dairy firms with Danish - Swedish co-operative Arla Foods​ announcing the appointment of group director Peder Tuborgh to head up the company as chief executive officer from 1 July, 2005.

Tuborgh replaces Aake Modig, who resigned in April this year following the collapse of the merger agreement with Dutch dairy group Campina.

The Arla board said it considered Tuborgh "to be well equipped to head the process of change and development facing Arla Foods at a time when increasing global competition is affecting the food industry."

Tuborgh began his career at MD Foods as brand manager for the group's German subsidiary. MD Foods merged with Sweden's Arla in 2000 to form Arla Foods.

UK sugar and sweeteners group Tate & Lyle​ announced this week that it has a new European marketing manager, Rachel Moffatt.

Moffatt will take over this role for the European food ingredients business at Tate & Lyle, and is charged with building the appeal of the firm's ingredients for the burgeoning health and nutrition market.

Moffatt previously worked as a marketing and business manager at H.J. Heinz, where she headed up the Health Brands business unit. Her work there included the strategic repositioning of the Weight Watchers from Heinz and Linda McCartney brands.

Dutch ingredient company CSM​ continues to slash non-profitable activities, announcing recently that it will close its BakeMark sales office in Finland as part of its restructuring of the bakery supplies activities in the Nordic area.

A substantial part of the business activities of the sales office will be transferred to Raisio Nutrition, a Finnish food company.

The move comes as a result of CSM's restructuring plans, announced last year, that are expected to bring benefits of €50m in net savings for the firm over the next two or three years.

German flavours and colours firm WILD​ said it has expanded its production and storage capacity in Berlin, Germany, by about 30 per cent, with a new building of 6,000 square meters.

According to WILD​ the new building contains production machinery, central storage and storage for hazardous material as well as a cleaning station for tanks containing hazardous material.

A new aseptic filling machine and a high performance canister filling machine for flavours and essences are already in operation, confirmed the company.

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