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Müller Yogurt & Desserts appoints Commercial Directors to accelerate branded and private label sales growth

Press release   •   Dec 02, 2019 09:05 GMT

Müller Yogurt & Desserts has created two new senior roles to further accelerate progress in branded and private label sales to grocery, convenience and food service channels in the UK and Ireland.

The business has confirmed that Jonathan Piper will join Müller Yogurt & Desserts from Hovis where he is currently UK Sales Director, to lead a customer centric sales team with overall responsibility for branded activity in the UK & Ireland.

Prior to his work with Hovis, Jon held a similar role at Kellogg’s and spent three years within Müller as Sales Director Ireland and Business Unit Head. Earlier in his career he held various sales roles with Coca-Cola European Partners and Mars Petcare.

The newly created Commercial Director, Private Label & Food Service role will be taken by David Hollins, currently Private Label Business Unit Head at Müller Yogurt & Desserts.

David has almost three decades of experience working within dairy. Having spent 12 years with Lactalis and Lactalis Nestlé, David joined Müller in 2012 and created the existing private label yogurt and dessert business, which completed a £50m expansion earlier this year.

Bill Mathieson, Müller Yogurt & Desserts Commercial Director, will be leaving the business in January to take a senior role outside the organisation.

Bergen Merey, Chief Executive Officer at Müller Yogurt & Desserts said:

“Müller is long established as the nation’s favourite yogurt brand[1] and we’ve now completed a substantial investment in Telford to enable us to make an additional 500m pots of yogurt per annum, to meet the growing needs of the branded and private label yogurt sector.

“The creation of these two senior roles will align our commercial organisation with the rapidly changing needs of the markets we serve.

“We look forward to welcoming Jon and David to their new roles, and thank Bill for his significant contribution over the last six years.”

[1] Britain’s Biggest Brands. The Grocer 2019

Müller UK & Ireland is wholly owned by Unternehmensgruppe Theo Müller which employs 24,000 people throughout Europe. In the UK, Müller develops, manufactures and markets a wide range of branded and private label dairy products made with milk from more than 1,600 British farmers.

The Müller brand is ranked at No.9 in The Grocer’s Top 100 list of Britain’s Biggest Brands, and is also the 8th most chosen brand in the UK, picked from shelves more than 217 million times each year. Müller UK & Ireland comprises three business units:

Müller Milk & Ingredients is Britain’s largest producer of branded and private label fresh milk, cream, butter and ingredients products, with a network of dairies and depots servicing customers throughout the country.

Müller Yogurt & Desserts is the UK’s leading yogurt manufacturer responsible for major brands like Müllerlight, Müller Corner and Müller Rice. It produces chilled desserts under licence from Mondelez International and supplies the UK private label yogurt market from a dedicated, state of the art yogurt facility.

Milk & More delivers daily essentials to more than 500,000 homes in England, via a network of 53 local fulfilment centres. The milkman is arguably the original home delivery service and Milk & More is ensuring that this great British tradition continues to flourish.

Müller is an Official Supporter of British Athletics and Athletics Ireland. With branding and activation rights for five events in 2019, Müller aims to empower consumers to make active and healthy lifestyle choices.

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