Jenkins named at Müller Milk & Ingredients

Patrick Müller, CEO of Müller Milk & Ingredients (MMI) has stepped down from his role at MMI after a two year period which saw him lead a transformation of the business, according to the company. He will continue to run Müller’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 progress towards the completion of its turnaround with a strong board and a collaborative approach with customers and the supply chain, it says. 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.

Müller has confirmed that Jon Jenkins (pictured), formerly CEO of Allied Milling and Baking, has succeeded Müller at MMI, and is already in post and placing his focus on working with the MMI team to maintain the momentum by securing sustainable cost structures required to ensure the long term success of the business.

Müller will work with his successor to achieve a smooth transition for the next two months. He says, “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.”

Jenkins joins the MMI business as one of the most experienced executives in the UK food manufacturing Industry. During his 30-plus year career he has worked with many of the country’s leading brands and businesses, 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. In his prior career, he also worked on the board of alcoholic drinks businesses Bulmers and Halewood and spent 11 years with Mars working across three UK divisions.

He says, “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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