PRESS RELEASE – 05.04.16 – Nottingham

High-care food manufacturer Phoenix Group has strengthened its senior leadership team with the appointment of two new managers.

The Nottinghamshire-based company – which is the UK’s largest producer of cold pressed seed oils – has hired Richard Crowdy as sales and commercial manager and Sue Wassell as site operations manager.

Crowdy previously worked for a large contract packaging company in Newcastle where he dealt with clients including SCA, Unilever and Twinnings.

In his new role, he is responsible for managing relationships with new and existing clients. He also negotiates some of the deals for the buying of the seed, and the selling of the expeller (the shell and flesh of the seed that gets left over after oil has been extracted).

He said: “It’s a good career move for me. Phoenix Group is a company that’s growing quickly and dealing with some exciting clients; they are not afraid of experimenting and trying out new products. The new Southglade premises gives us the opportunity to get involved with concepts from the start.”

Richard Crowdy - Phoenix

Sales and commercial manager Richard Crowdy

Wassell has more than 13 years’ experience in the food manufacturing industry. She previously worked at United Biscuits, Bakkavor and Nestle UK before later moving into the pharmaceuticals sector.

She takes up the role as site operations manager at Phoenix, responsible for managing customers’ expectations, site priorities and KPIs (key performance indicators) for the company.

She said: “I wanted something that would offer me a new challenge, and that’s exactly what Phoenix does. I’ve been helping to unleash the potential of site and putting some incentives into place to recognise the hard work of our employees.”

Sue Wassell - Phoenix

Site operations manager Sue Wassell

Managing director Ben Guy added: “It’s great to welcome both Richard and Sue on board. Their skills and experience will be a great asset to Phoenix and will help take the company to the next level.”

Phoenix Group also offers contract filling, pressing and packaging services to FMCG clients across the UK. It recently opened a second manufacturing premises at the £6m Southglade food park in Nottingham.

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Notes to Editors

Phoenix Group is one of the UK’s leading suppliers of contract packing and speciality high-care manufacturing to the food industry. It supplies products to food manufacturers and FMCG retailers across the country, as well as to a wide range of export markets. Formed in 2007, its complete ‘end-to-end’ service delivers quick turnarounds, flexibility and consistent quality in every finished product from its custom-built facilities in Nottinghamshire.

It’s also the largest producer of cold pressed oils in the UK, supplying 4 million litres of expertly filtered, high-quality oils per year to major FMCG retailers across the country for food and non-food uses. For more details contact 01158242212).