Pendergrast joins Pukka as head of retail

first_imgSource: PukkaGill Pendergrast, head of retail for PukkaPie brand Pukka has announced the appointment of Gill Pendergrast as head of retail.Pendergrast was previously UK sales director with Meatless Farm and has held roles with Bernard Matthews and 2 Sisters.At Pukka, Pendergrast will head up the retail sales division and focus on developing strategies to drive growth, the company said.The announcement comes as Pukka revealed its retail sales hit £43.6m in November 2020, representing value growth of 19.6% year on year.According to IRI data, the brand now accounts for a 19% value share of the wider hot pie category, which is worth £260.5m annually and grew by 6.6% last year.Over the last year, Pukka has invested in its biggest ever cross-channel marketing campaign, The People’s Pie, and launched home delivery packs for retailers, as well as its first vegan pies.Isaac Fisher, general manager for Pukka, said it was a “very exciting time” for Pendergrast to be joining the Leicestershire-based company.“The business is growing rapidly so it’s essential that we have the right team around us to maximise the opportunity and continue this rapid growth,” he said.“Our vision is to put more pies on more plates more often, and we’ll be spearheading further growth in the hot pie category during 2021 with a raft of first-to-market NPD and best-in-class marketing initiatives.”last_img read more

Kenneth Ray Watson, 62, Brookville

first_imgKenneth Ray Watson, age 62, of Ocala, Florida and formerly of Brookville, Indiana died Sunday August 4, 2019 in Ocala, Florida.Born July 24, 1957 in Batesville, Indiana he was the son of the late Robert Sr. & Minnie (Summey) Watson.  He was united in marriage to the former Virginia (Ginger) Boone, and she survives.Kenneth was retired having worked in the construction industry for much of his life.  In his leisure time he enjoyed time spent with his family and friends.Survivors include Ginger, his wife of over 40 years; daughters, Mary Ellen (Jeremy) King, Kendra Combs, and Barbara (Tay) Hardy, all of Brookville, Indiana; grandchildren Taiylor, Kaleb, Kaleigh, Harmony, Jordan, Skylar, Josiah, Jaden, Tony, Kolbie, and Ashtyn. Brothers, Russell (Debbie) Watson, Charles (Hope) Watson; sisters, Kathy McCreadie & Judy (Art) DeFossett, as well as many nieces & nephews.In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a sister, Paula Anderson, as well as two brothers, Robert Watson Jr, and Johnny Watson.Family & friends may visit from 9:00 A.M. until 11:00 A.M. on Saturday, August 10, 2019 at Phillips & Meyers Funeral Home, 1025 Franklin Avenue, Brookville.Todd Wolfe will officiate the Funeral Services on Saturday, August 10, 2019, 11:00 A.M., at Phillips & Meyers Funeral Home.  Burial will follow in Maple Grove Cemetery in Brookville.Memorial contributions may be directed to the Franklin County Community Foundation for a scholarship of your choice.  Phillips & Meyers Funeral Home is honored to once again serve the Watson family, to sign the online guest book or send personal condolences please visit www.phillipsandmeyers.com .last_img read more