Ocean Spray ITG has announced the appointment of Lee Doleman as senior manager, European sales. Lee joins Ocean Spray ITG from his position as commercial director of J. O. Sims, one of the UK's leading food ingredient suppliers, and brings a wealth of industry experience and market knowledge to the role.
Commenting on his appointment, Lee said: “Broadly, my role will be two-fold: to consolidate and build upon the strength of cranberry sales within established European markets and to look at developing emerging markets across Europe. My extensive knowledge of the fruit ingredients market gives me a head start.”
Before joining J. O. Sims five years ago, Lee worked in senior roles at fruit market leader Whitworths and within the savoury ingredients industry.
This move comes at an exciting time for the company, as cranberry sales have rocketed in recent years. Richard O’Brien, director of ingredient sales added: “We welcome Lee to the team at an exciting time when interest in the versatility and health benefits of cranberries is particularly high.”
Ocean Spray ITG is part of Ocean Spray Cranberries Inc, which currently ranks as one of the top 50 USA food and beverage companies. In Europe, combined sales of branded products and ITG ingredients have topped $100 million. Ocean Spray ITG offers an extensive portfolio of fruit ingredients including sweetened dried cranberries, BerryFusionsTM Fruits, cranberry powders, frozen cranberries and cranberry concentrate and puree.