UK – Müller Milk & Ingredients (MMI), one of the largest milk suppliers and distributors in Great Britain, has appointed chief operating officer Rob Hutchison and commercial director Liam McNamaraas as the new joint CEOs of its fresh milk and ingredients business.
The duo will replace the current CEO Jon Jenkins, who is exiting after two years at the UK subsidiary of German multinational dairy company Müller.
Hutchison joined Müller in 2010 and has served in operations, logistics, milk supply, and commercial roles while McNamara, who has over 25 years of FMCG and retail experience, joined the business last year.
Prior to his appointment at MMI as commercial director in the UK, McNamara was managing director at Twinings and joint managing director at Allied Milling and Baking for the UK & Ireland.
Müller said that the move signals MMI’s intention to leverage industry-leading strengths in driving value for customers through strong partnerships underpinned by excellent supply chain, operational and service delivery performance, and reliability.
Meanwhile, through its intentions to leverage its position as a much-loved brand within the category, Müller has announced that it has relaunched its branded liquid milk range, with a focus on health, recyclability of the packaging, and responsible sourcing.
The company says the new brand is high in protein and 100% natural claims have also been incorporated, following consumer research by the business.
The packaging has also been redesigned by using 30% recycled material which makes it 100% recyclable that adds further inspiration to the dairy aisle.
Müller further added that its fresh milk bottles which are manufactured in-house, are now 100% recyclable and contain up to 40% food-grade recycled material.
The new brand design has an increased amount of blue, green, and red colors used on the labels to maximize visibility on the shelf, according to the company.
The optimized designs are visible across the fresh milk range, which includes Müller Milk, Müller Milk Organic, Müller Milk Extra, and Müller Mini Milk but will be transferred across Müller Butter and Müller Cream in the coming months.
The rebranding follows its sustainability partnership with Waitrose in atrial that will see it scrap the colored milk cap and replace them with clear caps which can be recycled back into food-grade packaging.
The partners said the move could boost the availability of rHDPE (a plastic made from recycled High-Density Polythene) on the market by 1560 tonnes per annum.
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