The Northern Ireland Food and Drink Association (NIFDA) has appointed the general manager of foodservice operations for Lakeland Dairies, Tim Acheson, to its board.
The Banbridge man is a graduate of Queen’s University Belfast and holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Food Science.
The association, which is a voluntary organisation, helps Northern Ireland food and drink companies compete successfully internationally and also lobbies on their behalf within Northern Ireland. Its members include many of Northern Ireland’s biggest agri-food companies.
Tim Acheson said: “I’m very pleased and honoured to take on this role to represent the interests of the foodservice sector in Northern Ireland.
Food and drink represents a £5 billion industry for Northern Ireland and foodservice forms an integral part of this.
“NIFDA plays a valuable role in supporting our local food and drink sector, working with members, government and stakeholders to create the right conditions for sustainable, export-led growth for the industry. I am delighted to be joining NIFDA in helping to grow this vital industry.”
Brian Irwin, NIFDA chairman, said: “We’re delighted to welcome Tim Acheson to the NIFDA board. He brings a great depth of expertise which will be beneficial as we continue to promote the foodservice sector and the entire food and drink industry in Northern Ireland.”