Food brand Merchant Gourmet has appointed Holly Parker as a New Product Development Executive.

Holly, 23, recently graduated from the University of Surrey where she studied Food Science & Nutrition on a four-year sandwich course, the third of which was spent working for the respected food research and consultancy firm Reading Scientific Services Ltd. As NPD Executive, Holly will be project managing product developments for retail food brand Merchant Gourmet. Within her role, she will be responsible for conducting market reviews, product benchmarking, recipe development and packaging development. Commenting on her appointment, Holly said: “It’s a really exciting time to be joining the Merchant Gourmet brand. “Over the past 18 months, Merchant Gourmet has dramatically changed its approach. The brand has become far more accessible through new marketing campaigns, customer-friendly packaging and a range of ready to eat products. Our customers are already responding really well. “As Merchant Gourmet continues to grow, there are so many opportunities to bring innovative new products to the market and I’m delighted to be part of the team that’s delivering this exciting new range.” Merchant Gourmet products are currently available in supermarkets across the country. Customers can also purchase items directly through the website Ends. 18th June 2010 Issued on behalf of Merchant Gourmet by Public. For further information please contact Rebecca Mann (01302 730 303 or 07743417093) and Kirsten Howells (01302 730303). Notes to Editors: • About Merchant Gourmet Merchant Gourmet was started by Mark Leatham in 1985, sparked by his passion for quality ingredients that will make all the difference to any meal. Today, the brand supplies over 40 products to supermarkets up and down the country, from Porcini Mushrooms to Roquito® Peppers, all of which meet the company’s criteria for ease of use and outstanding taste. Details for all of these products, exclusive recipes and further information about Merchant Gourmet can be found at


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