Leading poultry producer, Tegel Group Holdings Ltd, has announced the appointment of Neil Blizard to the role of National Sales Manager, Retail.

Blizard brings to Tegel a strong background in FMCG, most recently with Bluebird Foods where he led the grocery team. His experience at Bluebird and as part of the wider PepsiCo group will be valuable to Tegel as the company builds on its strong relationships across the local retail sector. In addition to Bluebird, Blizard brings experience from his previous roles at Cerebos Greggs, Heinz Wattie's and SC Johnson in account management and grocery experience both in New Zealand and in international markets.

Tegel general manager sales and marketing, Christine Cash said Blizard's experience will provide fresh thinking across Tegel's retail business.

"New Zealand retail is at the heart of our business, and poultry is the number one protein for our retail partners and their customers. Tegel is an iconic New Zealand brand, built on innovation and customer service. We are very pleased to have the benefit of Neil's experience build on our efforts in this area," said Cash.