Westfalia Fruit International has appointed industry veteran Jonathan Sutton in the newly created role of executive of safety and environment for the multinational group.
With effect from 1 June, Sutton is tasked with driving the “Avocado Experts” towards greater heights of sustainability, refining systems and protocols to ensure optimal levels of compliance with regards to environmental impact, food safety, and the health and safety of employees.
Sutton is a leading food industry professional with high-level procurement, technical and commercial knowledge, gained over decades in the retail sector.
Westfalia described him as an advocate and coach of continuous improvement with a drive for lean efficiency across all pillars of the industry, and a proven team leader committed to people development, product innovation, sustainability and strategic sourcing.
“At a time when the world’s attention is focused on the preservation of health, safety and the environment, John is a welcome addition to our Westfalia Fruit family,” said the group’s CEO, Alk Brand.
“He’s also a staunch supporter of the values that have been upheld by the group since it was founded over seven decades ago.
“It’s this heritage, together with a clear vision for the future, that will help drive the Group towards continuous improvement of food and people safety as well as sustainability for all its global business units.”
The announcement comes on the eve of #WorldEnvironmentDay, which raises awareness of the need to “build back better for People and Planet”, especially during these exceptional times.