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Foodvest Appoints New Chief Executive & Renames Company: Findus Group

According to a statement released by the company, Lion Capital and Per Harkjaer, CEO of Foodvest, have agreed that, due to differing perspectives on how to manage Foodvest going forward, Per will leave the business within the next few weeks. Per joined Findus five years ago and was instrumental in the merger of Findus and Young’s Seafood which created Foodvest, one of the largest frozen food and chilled seafood companies in Europe.

In parallel, the Company is announcing it will be changing its group name to “Findus Group”, consisting of Young’s, The Seafood Company and Findus businesses.

Foodvest is one of the largest frozen and chilled seafood companies in Europe and it sells albacore tuna steaks under its Findus and Young’s label.

All of these changes mark a new phase of future development for the business, whereby the Findus Group will focus on greater synergy between the operating companies and fully intend to maximize the organic growth of its company brands.

Succeeding Per as the new Chief Executive as of June 1st was Chris Britton.

Chris has been in the consumer goods industry for 25 years generating substantial profitable growth across a number of highly regarded, multi-national businesses. Until recently, Chris was an Executive Board Member and President of the Euro 1.7 billion Baby Food Division of Royal Numico – the Netherlands based publicly listed multi-national infant and clinical nutrition group, which was acquired by Danone for Euro 12.3 billion in November 2007. Under Chris’ leadership the Baby Division, which included brands such as Cow & Gate, Aptamil, Milupa and Nutrica achieved annual double digit sales growth and became the market leader in key Western, Eastern European and APAC markets.

Chris brings extensive international experience having worked with developed and developing markets and lived in the Netherlands, America, Ireland and the UK.

Commenting on his appointment, Chris Britton said: “This is an opportunity which I simply couldn’t turn down. Foodvest has a brilliant team, who I look forward to working closely with. I have an absolute passion for consumer brands and driving profitable growth.”