Movers & Shakers: EDME appoint Metin Fevzi as its new operations and technical director

Metin Fevzi, EDME operations and technical director

Metin Fevzi, EDME operations and technical director - Credit: EDME

Manningtree-based food ingredients company EDME has appointed a new operations and technical director. Metin Fevzi will oversee the production of tens of thousands of tonnes of flour and flakes to ensure the highest standards of product and service.

Ryan's has welcomed new recruits. Back row from left,Trevor Griss, Ryan Horsey, Ryan Lyall and Jake

Ryan's has welcomed new recruits. Back row from left,Trevor Griss, Ryan Horsey, Ryan Lyall and Jake Mower. Front row from left, Shannon Christie, Lucy Osborne & Chloe Mowles - Credit: Ryan's

Metin’s career in the food industry spans 14 years working for companies such as Arla Foods, Greencore Group, Premiere Foods and Alpro.

Chief executive David Thompson said: “He has significant experience in overseeing change and managing growth. This, together with his commitment to innovation and robust approach to quality, will help ensure a first class, and expanding, service to customers.”

Metin said: “Edme already has a great team in place, which makes my job a whole lot easier. We’ll of course be pushing forward, but the groundwork has been very firmly laid out.

“There are always processes and procedures that can be improved; always more effective or efficient ways of operating; always new things that can be done to make customers’ lives easier.

Rob Tiffen, Birketts

Rob Tiffen, Birketts - Credit: Birketts

“Many of the answers to continual improvement lie within the workforce. My job is to draw on the considerable expertise within the company, as well as to bring something new from the outside. Having spent time with people from across the business, I’m sure we’ll make a good team.”

EDME produces natural flours and flakes for bakers and food manufacturers and is best known for its wholegrain and malted products.

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Rebecca Pascoe, Suffolk Chamber of Commerce. - Credit: Suffolk Chamber

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Ryan Lyall has three years insurance experience, he joins the hospitality division and previously worked for risk management company Sevatas. In his spare time Ryan enjoys music, festivals and playing and watching football.

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Sue Philp, Suffolk Housing. - Credit: Suffolk Housing

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Lucy Osborne has been in insurance broking for almost seven years and joins us from Morgan Law Insurance as a corporate account handler. Lucy is kept busy looking after her young daughter but also enjoys dog walking and reading.

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Joining the Inform Direct team, left to right: Peter Platt, Sapna Thomas and Jonathan Atkins. - Credit: Photo: Keith Mindham Photography

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Metin Fevzi, EDME operations and technical director

Metin Fevzi, EDME operations and technical director - Credit: EDME

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