Former Chingford technical manager Leigh Spanner has moved to the same role at banana supplier SH Pratts while the company's technical director Lucy Jordan has moved to a technical role at Morrisons Manufacturing.
Spanner will have a customer-facing technical role, dealing primarily with Tesco, according to Pratts’ commercial director Simon Trewin, who said this is part of the company’s wider strategy to be more proactive in its approach to customer support.
Jordan has left the company to pursue a new direction in her career and some education opportunities, Trewin added.
Spanner has previously worked at Stubbins and Richard Hochfeld, before his four-year stint at Chingford working on topfruit and kiwifruit. He said: "After just over 20 years in the industry, I am now looking forward to getting to grips with bananas, after previously working with other product groups such as salads, stonefruit and more recently topfruit."
Exhibiting at Fruit Logistica last week, Pratts has also unveiled a refreshed brand and visuals, with new emphasis on the company’s complementary businesses. These include logistics division Kinship, driver recruitment arm Kinetic and software business Akin.
“We want people to see us as a go-ahead company,” said Trewin. “We are rebranding and reenergising our image, and want to raise the profile of the business.
“Over the last year to 18 months, the banana part of the business has been working to full capacity. We’ve invested in the facility, including in solar panels and low-energy lighting, we’ve built more ripening rooms, and we’ve expanded the logistics side to the business,” he added.