One of the UK’s largest suppliers of chilled fish has announced the appointment of an industry leading expert as CSR & Technical Director at its rapidly-expanding headquarters in Hull.
Manideep Sandupatla joins Copernus from Samworth Brothers, whose consumer brands include the Cornish pasty favourite Ginsters, iconic malt loaf Soreen, the West Cornwall Pasty Co and sports nutrition brand SCI-MX.
With a Masters degree in Food Biotechnology and Microbiology, he brings 16 years’ industry experience to Copernus’ senior leadership team. Manideep is an expert in leading technical functions across food and beverage manufacturing and will further strengthen business operations.
He will now take on responsibility for leading the Hull site’s technical team in taking the already high performing business to another level when it comes to product safety, integrity and quality, ensuring the BRC AA graded manufacturing facility builds on its exemplary standards.
The creation of this new role follows a sustained period of significant growth at Copernus. Increased volume and the construction of an extension at the east coast site will be managed by Manideep to meet the businesses’ growth and strategic objectives.
Dean Simpson, managing director at Copernus, said: “Manideep has a deep understanding of the specific technical and operational needs of seafood. His role and expertise will be crucial in supporting with the further development of our business operations, as well as the execution of our long-term growth strategy.”
Manideep has held senior technical roles at major seafood companies including Young’s Seafood Ltd, Associated Seafood Ltd, Cumbrian Seafood Ltd and Dawnfresh Seafood Ltd.
Manideep said: “I am pleased to be joining such a well-oiled ship at Copernus and I am looking forward to helping steer the company forward in my role as CSR & Technical Director.
“With a strong track record of successfully implementing great customer service, process improvement and change management programmes, I am confident the same successes can be achieved at Copernus through a proactive approach.
“I am looking forward to helping to further developing this outstanding business and executing its long-term growth strategy.”