STORY: Wrights Food Group's senior team expansion

Wrights Food Group has appointed two new senior members of the team with a combined 40 years of specialist industry expertise as it continues its growth trajectory into 2021.

Health, safety and environment compliance manager Paul Strangwood and head of purchasing Lee Crank have joined the Crewe-based food manufacturer this month, marking a hat trick of senior new starters in 2021, following the appointment of managing director Ian Dobbie, in January.

The appointments follow 12 months of significant change for Wrights Food Group which, despite Covid-19, saw the business sustain its core foodservice supply, increase retail sales by 20% - including a new seasonal range with Marks & Spencer - and introduce food to go sub brands Urban Bistro and commercial food delivery service Wrights Bites alongside the addition of its onsite Sheaf Street bakery.

Health, safety and environment compliance manager Paul Strangwood, has worked as a senior practitioner in the gourmet pastry, ambient ready meal and cake and desserts sectors for brands including Karro Food Group, Cranswick Gourmet Pastry, Pro-Pak Foods and Park Cakes. Paul’s focus in his new role is on leading the company’s welfare and wellbeing, environmental, safety and sustainability policies with an emphasis on making a positive social impact both inside and outside the business.

Lee Crank joins Wrights Food Group from his five-year consultancy role and 15 further years as a purchasing specialist for Greencore, Renshaw Napier, Iceland Manufacturing and Rowan Foods. With a focus on purchasing across food, food packaging and non-resale goods, as part of the Wrights team, Lee will harness his early career experience as a qualified chef and factory manager alongside two decades of knowledge, contacts and purchasing within fast-paced manufacturing environments.

Wrights Food Group Commercial Director Helen Bowyer said: “Both Paul and Lee are experienced, knowledgeable and passionate professionals in their own fields. Their expertise, track record of processes, strategic development and implementation means they are exceptionally well placed to be part of the continued growth of Wrights Food Group as our focus continues on operating an ethical and values-driven business for our customers and our highly valued team.”

Wrights Food Group supplies savoury and sweet bakery products as well as ready meals to some of the UK’s leading retail and foodservice operators. The company operates with a team of 600 across two sites in Crewe and includes 15 high street stores across the North West. It produces sweet bakery and more than three million savoury products per week for the foodservice, bakery and the retail sectors.

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