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Food Moves: Fonterra pounces on Lion’s sales head, plus changes at GWF, Prolife, Kraft Heinz …and more!

13th May 2022 By Staff Reporter | | @foodtickernz

Guy Blaikie

Guy Blaikie has jumped ship from brewing group Lion after more than 22 years to take up what is one of the biggest – if not the biggest – FMCG sales job in New Zealand with dairy giant Fonterra.

He has left his role as national sales director at Lion NZ and joined the Fonterra Brands New Zealand leadership team as national sales director for the domestic market.

His appointment follows the move of Mike Bones to Fonterra in the Netherlands.

Blaikie will be responsible for leading, planning and directing sales and business development across the FBNZ grocery, foodservice and route channels.

Spencer Jenkins has started a new secondment role at George Weston Foods as business manager for grocery and foodservice.

After leading GWF’s out of home teams for the last six years, he will be reconnecting with the company’s grocery partners while maintaining the relationships the business has built in foodservice.

Eliza Dunn has moved into a brand manager position in the Taste Elevation team at The Kraft Heinz Company.

Dunn will be working on a range of established and next generation brands and products, across gravy, seasonings and cooking sauces portfolios.

This sees her leave her Auckland-based role as assistant brand manager across the comany’s ANZ frozen and chilled portfolios for close to one-and-a-half years.

Agrisea NZ Seaweed has appointed a new research and development manager.

Ashna Khan has joined the seaweed company, which develops fertilisers and animal health products and has starting exploring F&B, from Callaghan Innovation, where she has worked for more than six years most recently as customer manager for agritech in the North Island.

Hamilton’s Prolife Foods has a new Woolworths national business manager bringing a former employee back into the fold.

Natasja Wilmot has joined the manufacturer, which counts Mother Earth and Donovans Chocolates, Sun Valley, Flemings and Value Pack among its home-grown brands, as well as nut label Lucky and muesli marque Sunsol in Australia.

Wilmot had been an assistant category manager with Foodstuffs North Island for nine months having left Prolife in September last year.

Juliet Petre has started a new position as packaging technologist at Goodman Fielder after two years in the team as part of the firm’s early careers programme.

This builds on internships at The Kraft Heinz Company and Fiji Kava.



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