UK – Ornua, an Irish agri-food co-operative, which markets and sells dairy products, has announced the appointment of Bill Hunter to the new role of Managing Director of Ornua Foods UK.

Ornua’s 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

Bill’s new role will be to lead the continued growth and development of Ornua’s consumer focused operations and brands in the UK, which is based at Ornua Foods’ state-of-the-art cheese packing facility at Leek in Staffordshire.

According to the company, its Pilgrims Choice cheese is the clear No. 2 cheddar brand in the UK with retail sales of over £75 million, while Kerrygold is the leading ‘premium’ butter brand in the UK market with retail sales in excess of £25 million.

“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,” said John Jordan, CEO Ornua Foods Europe.

Prior to his appointment as Managing Director, Hunter was Ornua Foods UK’s Chief Financial Officer.

In his new role, 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.