Graham’s eyes overseas sales boost with key hire

Robert Graham, left, with international business manager Joe Flynn. Picture: Rob McDougall
Robert Graham, left, with international business manager Joe Flynn. Picture: Rob McDougall
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Graham’s The Family Dairy has appointed an international business manager as it targets exports worth about £2 million this year.

Joe Flynn, who spent 22 years at Irn-Bru maker AG Barr, joins the Bridge of Allan firm from Baxters Food Group, where he oversaw its strategy in Australia, Europe and North America.

He said: “The global market for dairy products is significant and expanding and I look forward to working with my colleagues at Graham’s to explore international business opportunities – and feel confident that we are well placed to grow our business rapidly overseas.”

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Family-run Graham’s, which is planning a £20m dairy, research and training facility in Stirling, already exports to Belgium, Denmark, France, Ireland, Spain and the United Arab Emirates.

Managing director Robert Graham said: “We’ll always have a keen focus on our home market but it’s also crucial that we make the most of opportunities abroad and I’m confident that Joe, with his impressive track record, will help ensure this happens.

“We’re ambitious, committed and see the huge potential of exploring overseas markets, which will benefit not only our business but Scotland’s food and drinks industry more generally. It’s an exciting time for the business.”