Ocean Spray ITG has appointed a senior manager for its European sales division.

The company, part of Ocean Spray Cranberries Inc., announced yesterday (7 February) that Lee Doleman would assume the position from J.O. Simms, the UK food ingredient suppliers, where he was commercial director.

"Broadly, my role will be two-fold," Doleman said. "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, Doleman worked in senior roles at fruit market leader Whitworths and within the savoury ingredients industry.

"We welcome Lee to the team at an exciting time when interest in the versatility and health benefits of cranberries is particularly high," added Richard O'Brien, director of ingredient sales.

Ocean Spray ITG offers a portfolio of fruit ingredients including sweetened dried cranberries, BerryFusions Fruits, cranberry powders, frozen cranberries and cranberry concentrate and puree.