Foodco have expanded their New Zealand leadership team, with plans to expand its national operations in 2017. Jon Hassall has been national operations manager since April 2016 and brings a wealth of experience to the general manager role including several senior FMCG roles in the UK. He was previously managing director of Hummus Bros UK, worked in the cafe and bakery sector at AMT coffee, Patisserie Valerie and as a consultant to a large contract caterer.

Former general manager Garry Croft will remain at Foodco in an executive director position. “Jon’s experience will be fundamental as Foodco enters a significant growth phase,” said Croft.

Hassall says there has never been a better time for franchisees to join Foodco.

“I recently attended our industry-leading global conference where the plans from the brand managers were announced,” he said. “The initiatives range from new training service programmes, leading-edge technology and exciting new food and beverage additions for both brands.”

Foodco currently operates more than 400 Muffin Break and Jamaica Blues cafés across New Zealand, Australia, the UK and throughout Asia, with plans to significantly expand the brands in New Zealand in the near future.