Tangerine owns Butterkist popcorn brand

Tangerine owns Butterkist popcorn brand

UK-based confectionery company Tangerine has appointed former United Biscuits CEO Benoit Testard as its new chief executive.

Testard, who joined Tangerine as a non-executive director in October 2013, will take up his new role from the beginning of March.

In the meantime Steven Joseph, currently chairman of the group, will assume the position of interim CEO in order to maintain the momentum of Tangerine's investment plans for 2014, the company said. 

The appointment follows the departure of Graham Hunter at the start of the year. Tangerine said Hunter left the business after two years at the helm for personal reasons. 

After joining United Biscuits  in 1999 as MD of its French business, Testard took charge of its Northern European operation in 2001, went on to become MD of its UK business in 2004, and took the role of CEO for the UB Group in 2011. Testard's career, spanning three decades, also includes time spent at Reckitt and Colman and Fromageries Bel Group.

Joseph, chairman of Tangerine, said: "Benoit Testard is an outstanding appointment for Tangerine. He brings deep experience in FMCG in the UK and continental Europe and a track record of great success."

Tangerine Confectionery produces a number of popular lines including Butterkist popcorn, WHam bar, Sherbet Fountain, Dip Dab and Henry Goode's liquorice.