Orchard House appoints new Chief Executive Officer and Commercial Director


Orchard House Foods Ltd, a supplier of prepared fruit, fresh fruit drinks and fruit-based desserts, has announced the appointment of Steve Corby as Chief Executive Officer, and Antony Greenwood as Commercial Director.

They join Executive Chairman Gavin Darby, previously CEO of Premier Foods, who joined the Company in March.

These appointments are part of the Company’s investment in its growth strategy supported by the UK-based private equity fund Elaghmore which acquired Orchard House in January 2021. Almost £4m of capital expenditure has already been committed to drive growth through new capacity, efficiency, and innovation.

Steve starts his new role as CEO on 1 September 2021 after completing a successful five-year turnaround at Kanes Foods, a privately-owned chilled produce business. He brings a proven track record of success throughout a career spanning almost 30 years in UK FMCG markets with extensive experience in the chilled foods and drinks markets. He spent nine years at Cott Beverages, where he was Managing Director Europe, having previously held commercial leadership roles at both Northern Foods and Greencore.

In October, Antony Greenwood will join as the Company’s new Commercial Director from Agrial Fresh Produce where he is Commercial and Marketing Director UK & Ireland. Agrial Fresh Produce supplies chilled produce, including washed and ready to eat produce and salads. Antony also worked at Muller UK & Ireland Group, Dairy Crest and Nestle among others. Antony will succeed Jonathan Back who will be leaving Orchard House after three successful years to pursue other interests.

In addition to these changes, Alex Tompkins, Managing Director of Orchard House, has been appointed Chief Operating Officer, reporting directly to Steve. Alex will take ownership of the end-to-end supply chains across the business.

Gavin Darby, Executive Chairman, Orchard House, said: “Both Steve and Antony bring to Orchard House extensive experience in chilled produce, and the retailer brand experience. Strengthening the management team is part of our investment to allow us to capitalise on exciting opportunities we see for the business. We will also be investing in our people, technology, and processes to ensure we offer our customers the best service.”