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Food Moves: Silver Fern Farms creates global marketing role, hires at Natural Pet Food, Unilever… and more!

20th May 2022 By Staff Reporter | news@foodticker.co.nz | @foodtickernz

Food and beverage industry appointments for the week to 20 May.

Nicky Cummerfield

Silver Fern Farms has appointed Nicky Cummerfield into a new role as head of global marketing.

Cummerfield has joined the meat exporter and marketer in the newly-created position, reporting to group marketing manager Nicola Johnston. She was previously at Goodman Fielder as head of category marketing for dairy.

She brings a high-profile roster of domestic and international FMCG brand experience with her, including from Tasti, Heinz, New York Bakery, Maple Leaf Foods, and Arnott’s.

Silver Fern Farms has also seen a new farmer-elected director join its board.

Following a vote on 9 May, William Beetham, managing director of Wairarapa-based Beetham Pastural, is set to take up the seat.


In another marketing move, Emily Kidd has started a new role as global trade marketing manager at Christchurch-headquartered Natural Pet Food Group.

Kidd has parted ways with Lion New Zealand after more than eight years working her way up from merchandiser to direct shipping business manager at the beverage business.

This saw her lead cross-functional initiatives partnering sales, marketing, innovation and supply chain to unlock growth across Lion’s luxury wine, spirits and craft beer portfolios.


Also in Canterbury, Maegan Attwood has joined FMCG giant Unilever’s food solutions team in Christchurch.

Her role is business development manager for the South Island. She joined from Coffee Partners, where she was business development key account manager.


Back to primary industries, OFI previously known as Olam Food Ingredients, has appointed Warren Landles as sustainability manager for OFI New Zealand. 

The subsidiary of multibillion-dollar Singaporean agri-business Olam International is developing a new dairy processing plant in the Waikato after exiting its ownership of Open Country Dairy.

Landles has joined from Miraka, where he held senior sustainability and on-farm excellence roles, and he will be leading OFI’s sustainability initiatives on-farm and in its operations, as it works towards the opening of the Tokoroa plant for the start of the 2023 season.


At Woolworths New Zealand, Kitty Ling has been promoted to head of strategic enablement.

Ling has spent the past ten months as Covid Crisis Management Lead at the grocery group, leading the work that enabled the connection of end-to-end sourcing, stock, transport, DC and store initiatives to protect and ensure stock flow through the Woolworths NZ network.

Prior to that, Ling was senior manager of analytics transformation at the group.


Over at Foodstuffs, Liam Wilson has been promoted from assistant category manager to category manager at the North Island co-op.

 

 


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