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Thursday 21 October 2021

Food moves at FoodBowl, Ferrero and AGMARDT

7th October 2021 By Staff Reporter | news@foodticker.co.nz | @foodtickernz

In food moves this week, chocolate company Ferrero has made two appointments across its Asia Pacific operations, The FoodBowl announces Alexandra Allan’s replacement and AGMARDT names a new chair.

Massimo D’Ambrosio will head up the Australian and New Zealand division of the Italian chocolate maker.

Italian-headquartered chocolate company Ferrero has appointed Massimo D’Ambrosio to head up the Australia and New Zealand division of the business.

D’Ambrosio would become ANZ managing director based in Sydney, moving from his role leading the confectioner’s business across Korea and Japan.

D’Ambrosio has held a number of roles with the group which owns brands including Ferrero Rocher, Kinder, Nutella and Tic Tac, across his 20 years of FMCG working with the business in locations including Italy, Seoul and Luxemberg.

His appointment comes as former ANZ head Craig Barker was promoted to head Ferrero’s Asia Pacific operations.

In his new role leading Ferrero Asia Pacific, Barker would oversee the business across North and South East Asia as well as the ANZ markets.

In New Zealand, Auckland’s The FoodBowl has named Grant Verry as its new chief executive to replace Alexandra Allan, who left in July.

Grant Verry starts at The FoodBowl on 1 November.

The Auckland hub of the New Zealand Food Innovation Network said Verry had a proven track record developing innovative and entrepreneurial strategies that resulted in new business growth opportunities, mutually beneficial collaborative partnerships, and market expansion domestically and internationally.

Verry joins the government-funded organisation on 1 November from artesian water bottling manufacturer OnePure International Group, where he is general manager.

Previous roles include China country manager for ASX-listed organic health and wellness company Wattle Health, a start-up facilitating market access to China for premium fresh food and beverage products, and a lengthy stint as New Zealand general manager for Sharp Corporation.

“The FoodBowl is part of New Zealand’s pre-eminent national F&B innovation network and our opportunity ahead is to ensure performance exceeds expectation as an enabler for New Zealand’s Food & Beverage sector, to not only innovate, but to also thrive,” Verry said.

At AGMARDT, Nick Pyke has taken over as chairman of the board.

Pyke, who has been a member of the board for two years, would succeed Richard Green, who steps down from the board in 2022 after six years as a trustee, the last two as chair.

Pyke is a founder and director of Ag Innovate and Leftfield Innovation and has extensive governance experience with agricultural businesses, farms and industry organisations.

 

 


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