Hunter named as MD of Ornua Foods UK
Ornua is pleased to announce the appointment of Bill Hunter to the new role of managing director of Ornua Foods UK. Based at Ornua Foods’ cheese packing facility at Leek, Hunter’s role will be to lead the continued growth and development of Ornua’s consumer focused operations and brands in the UK.
In the UK, Ornua Foods’ business is the largest supplier of pre-packed British and Irish hard cheese to a range of major retailers with sales of over £285 million (€322m). Its Pilgrims Choice cheese is the number two cheddar brand in the UK with retail sales of over £75 million. Kerrygold is the leading ‘premium’ butter brand in the UK market with retail sales in excess of around £25 million.
Prior to his appointment, Hunter was Ornua Foods UK’s chief financial officer. In his new post, he will report directly to John Jordan, CEO Ornua Foods Europe, Africa, Middle East & Asia, who will continue to oversee the strategic development of Ornua’s consumer business in the UK.
Commenting on Hunter’s appointment, Jordan says, “Bill brings a wealth of dairy and food industry experience to the new role of managing director. Over the last three years he and his highly talented senior executive team have played a key role in developing a strong momentum within Ornua’s UK Foods business. By making this appointment I believe that the business is well positioned to continue to grow both its retail own-label and branded product offer.”