Frozen food distributor Central Foods has appointed Richard Clegg as business development manager.

Richard brings a wealth of experience to the company, having worked across the foodservice sector in various roles, starting off as a van driver, working his way up through the warehouse/telesales, training and working as a chef, through to managing multiple wholesale accounts.

His position at Northamptonshire-based Central Foods will involve taking care of the Caterforce consortium, Country Range group and key end-user accounts.

Gordon Lauder, managing director of Central Foods, said: “We are very pleased to welcome Richard to Central Foods. He has experience throughout the full supply chain and right across the foodservice sector. His appointment will strengthen our business development team, at a time when we are undergoing growth and expansion.”

Central Foods is one of the UK’s leading frozen food distributors, having been supplying frozen food to the foodservice sector for more than 21 years. It currently supplies more than 220 independent wholesalers, as well as larger national and regional wholesalers, and foodservice caterers across the entire foodservice industry including schools, universities, pubs, bars, restaurants, hotels, leisure centres, garden centres, care homes and many other outlets.

Richard said: “I am delighted to have joined Central Foods – a company that has an excellent reputation in the foodservice supply sector – and I look forward to helping the firm to continue to build on its growth and development.”

Richard, who has worked with national wholesalers and large end-users, as well as smaller, individual clients, will be field based and manage customers predominantly in the North of England and Scotland.

Offering a one-stop shop to the foodservice sector, Central Foods sources products from around the world and the UK, supplying more than 400 different lines, ranging from vegetarian and free-from items, bakery items and canapés through to buffet products, desserts and puddings.

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