Premier Foods appoints director of ESG

Director of ESG: Premier Foods strengthens sustainability team

Premier Foods, which is behind brands such as Bisto, Oxo and Mr Kipling, has named Nick Brown as director of ESG.

Brown has joined from Coca-Cola Europacific Partners, where he held senior roles leading various operational and commercial functions before heading up its sustainability and sustainable packaging teams.

In the newly created role of director of ESG, Brown will oversee the company’s growing environmental, social and governance agenda and will be responsible for delivering against the company’s ambitious sustainability targets. This includes reaching 100% recyclable, reusable or compostable plastic packaging by 2025.

He will work with Juliette Mille who was appointed to the permanent role of ESG manager earlier this year. Both will report into Hannah Collyer, who was named corporate affairs & ESG director in May.

Together, the team are tasked with ensuring sustainability is incorporated throughout the Premier Foods supply chain, from sustainable sourcing through to responsible marketing.

Brown, who brings with him extensive experience in packaging, decarbonisation, water stewardship, sustainable sourcing and community engagement, said: “I see a real opportunity to build on the momentum of the last 18 months, which has rightly brought ESG into sharper focus.

“I’m looking forward to meeting the teams and learning more about the business’s iconic brands, which will both play a crucial role in bringing Premier Food’s strengthened ESG strategy to life.”

The new director of ESG will also be responsible for encouraging healthier choices, including creating at least one ‘better-for-you’ option in every one of Premier Foods’ core ranges and enhancing the nutrition profile of its existing core range.

Collyer commented: “Nick brings with him a wealth of experience and a true passion for sustainability that will be vital in helping to deliver our sustainable growth model.

“Nick’s appointment is demonstrative of the importance we place on ESG and we’re pleased to welcome Nick to our growing team.”

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