UK dairy products manufacturer Dairy Crest has announced a new business structure that will take effect from 1 November 2004.

The existing four business units will be consolidated into two operating divisions: foods, comprising spreads and cheese, and dairies, comprising liquid products (including ingredients) and household.

Peter Thornton, previously executive director with responsibility for spreads and liquid products, has been appointed executive managing director of the foods division and continues his current responsibilities in respect of Yoplait Dairy Crest, the company said.

Mark Allen, previously executive director with responsibility for cheese and household, has been appointed executive managing director of the dairies division.