Graham’s The Family Dairy has appointed an International Business Manager as part of its drive to expand the business outside the UK. With the group’s export sales forecast to be in the region of £2m for 2016, Joe Flynn has taken on the role to develop relationships and further increase export revenues for the Scottish family-owned business.
Graham’s currently exports a range of products – including butters, cottage cheese, cream cheese and quark – to the Republic of Ireland, Denmark, France, Spain, the UAE, Belgium. It said it intends to strengthen trade in these territories whilst expanding into other key markets.
Robert Graham, Managing Director at Graham’s The Family Dairy said: “We’ll always have a keen focus on our home market but it’s also crucial that we make the most of opportunities abroad and I’m confident that Joe, with his impressive track record, will help ensure this happens. As ‘Scotland the brand’ gains increasing visibility worldwide, we plan to be a key part of that growth.”
Flynn has over 25 years of frontline experience with leading consumer brands operating in over 20 countries worldwide. He joins Graham’s from Baxter’s Food Group where he oversaw the company’s international business and devised then implemented international strategy for the company’s operations in Europe, North America and Australia. Prior to this, he worked with Premier Foods, where he managed the company’s international business in Asia, Europe – including Eastern and Central – and the Middle East. He was with A.G. Barr for 22 years, where he managed and developed distributor and franchise operations worldwide.
On his appointment, Flynn commented: “I am delighted and excited to be joining Graham’s The Family Dairy, especially given their position as one of the leading dairy companies in the UK, and the wide and varied mix of their leading quality portfolio. The global market for dairy products is significant and expanding and I look forward to working with my colleagues at Graham’s to explore international business opportunities – and feel confident that we are well placed to grow our business rapidly overseas.”