Patrick Coveney is leaving Greencore for SSP Group after serving as CEO for almost 14 years.
FMCG group AVI has confirmed earlier speculation via a short announcement to the Johannesburg Stock Exchange.
New talks are now scheduled over two days next week.
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Top companies for AI patents in food manufacturing in the three months to September
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|Nippon Suisan Kaisha||5|
|Uni-President China Holdings||5|
The Israel-based company has scaled back its ambitions in the consumer-facing end of the market.
Coveney is leaving Greencore in March after more than 13 years leading the Ireland-based convenience foods group.
Lambert, who has headed the European business for 20 years, will hand over the reins in May.
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