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New senior appointments at Dawn Farm Foods

23 August 2012

New top level appointments have been announced by Dawn Farm Foods, one of Europe's leading cooked and fermented meats suppliers, and its subsidiary TMI Foods

David Abbott, Managing Director of Northampton-based TMI Foods, the UK's leading manufacturer of cooked bacon, sausages and roasted vegetables, is leaving the company in August after 20 years to take up a new position in another sector of the food industry. David led the company successfully from a 'start-up' operation, through a management buyout and the subsequent sale to Dawn Farms in 2006, and he leaves one of the most modern and competitive cooked bacon and roasted vegetable companies operating in Europe today.

He will be succeeded by Declan Kennedy, who joins TMI Foods as General Manager. Declan is a veteran of the food processing industry and has held a number of operational management positions throughout his career at businesses including Green Isle Foods and Irish County Meats.

At the same time, Dawn Farms has united and expanded both its own and the TMI Foods sales operations in the UK under Sales Director Ian Ritchie. The sales team will be based at TMI Foods' modern factory offices in Northampton.

As a result of the restructuring, Martin Horsnail has been appointed to the new position of Business Development Director (Retail) for both Dawn Farms and TMI Foods.

Martin (45) joins the company from the Ardo Group, one of the world's largest frozen fruit and vegetable producers, where he was UK Sales Director from 2004.

Martin has worked in the food industry for 22 years and has previously held commercial positions with Cranberry Foods and Geest, before it was acquired by Bakkavor Group. He also worked in brand management roles with the brewers Courage and the home baking brand Pillsbury.

Ian Ritchie said: "I am delighted that Martin is joining us in this key new role as we make this move. We are reorganising to provide our customers in foodservice, food manufacturing and retail with enhanced access to our combined product range along with a more streamlined sales and after sales service."


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