Belfast Telegraph

Crossgar Pallas set to appoint new chief

By John Mulligan

The parent firm of local food service giant Crossgar Pallas is appointing a new chief executive.

Sitting chief executive Dan Geary is handing over the reins to Peter Jackson, currently of Cuisine de France owner Aryzta.

It will be the first time since it was established more than 30 years ago that Pallas will be led by someone who was not part of the founding Geary family.

The Gearys sold the business in 2009 to American company Sysco for about €200m (£177m). The deal was Sysco's first acquisition in Europe.

Pallas Foods generates annual revenue of more than €320m (£282m). It bought over Crossgar Foodservice in 2012.

Mr Jackson is currently the managing director of Aryzta's European food service division, a senior role within the group. He will join Pallas in April, while Mr Geary will leave in June.

Dan Geary's father, Tim, founded Pallas Foods in 1983, initially raising turkeys. Dan Geary has worked with the firm since then.

Within a year of its creation, the company began distributing meat such as lamb and beef, as well as poultry.

It processed meat until 2002, when it quit that side of the business to focus on distribution.

Other family members were also involved in the company. Dan Geary's brother, Tadgh, was once the commercial director, but Dan is the last remaining member of the family working in the business.

When it was acquired, the management at Pallas Foods signed commitments to stay with the business for up to five years.

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