Changes at Muller UK

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It’s been announced that Jon Jenkins has succeeded Patrick Muller as CEO of Muller Milk & Ingredients (MMI).

The former CEO of Allied Milling and Baking’s already in post and focusing on working with the MMI team to maintain the turnaround momentum by securing the sustainable cost structures required to ensure the long-term success of the business.

Mr Muller, who has stepped down from his role at MMI after a two year period, will continue to lead the company’s home delivery business Milk & More as CEO, becoming co-owner, and will also devote more time to his own family business where he holds board roles.

MMI is continuing to make substantial progress towards the completion of its turnaround with a strong board and a collaborative approach with customers and the supply chain. As part of its Project Darwin plan it has secured profitable commercial contracts, adjusted capacity, aligned milk supply to demand and taken out unnecessary cost.

Patrick Muller said: “A huge amount of work and very tough decisions have and continue to be required. But we are making very good progress and we now see a clear path towards a profitable and sustainable future.

“I have been deeply impressed and inspired by the relentless effort that our MMI and Müller colleagues have put into this turnaround and I am grateful to have worked with such a dedicated and talented team.

“I would also like to thank farmers and customers for their support and their contribution during my time as CEO. Britain’s love of fresh milk is very much alive and well and I believe that it can be secured for future generations if all three parts of the supply chain work together.

“But there´s still a lot of work to be done. One of the main challenges in the months and years ahead will be to establish the sustainable cost structures required to be successful as a private label business in the long term.”

Jon Jenkins is one of the most experienced executives in the UK food manufacturing Industry and has worked with many of the country’s leading brands and businesses over the past 30 years, most recently with ABF plc where over a 15-year career he led Allied Milling and Baking, its largest food business and Twinings, the branded tea business.

Mr Jenkins said: “It’s clear that strong progress has been made and that Patrick leaves behind an excellent board and team. I am looking forward to helping my colleagues at MMI to write the next chapter in its journey, and with their continuing commitment I know that we can secure a profitable and successful future.”

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