Australian baby food manufacturer Rafferty's Garden has announced it has appointed Michael Tinker as managing director.

The appointment comes a month after the management buy out of the company led by private-equity firm Anacacia Capital.

The premium baby food manufacturer said it achieved record growth in 2010 and is now the fastest growing and second largest baby food business in Australia.

Founder Adrian Pike said: "I am delighted to welcome Anacacia Capital and Saleslink as shareholders of Rafferty's Garden. Their due diligence process was very rigorous and a great exercise for the business. We feel fortunate to have attracted such talented non-executive directors to our business."

Tinker has held senior management roles at Goodman Fielder, Electrolux, Johnson and Johnson, Cadbury Schweppes and Unilever.