Julian Hunt, who has been editor of the influential trade weekly for four years, is to become director of comms at the Food and Drink Federation.
‘Topics such as labelling, salt content and sugary drinks in schools mean the industry is always under intense attack,’ said Hunt. ‘Whatever it does is never enough, but I think I bring an understanding of the issues and the people involved.
Hunt will fill the role vacated by Martin Paterson earlier this year at the helm of the FDF’s comms department (PRWeek, 31 March). Last month the Government announced new nutritional standards for school lunches. Hunt’s arrival in the autumn will coincide with a ban on junk food.
Hunt joined the title as features editor in 1997 and worked as news editor and deputy editor before taking the helm in the summer of 2002. The magazine is looking for a replacement.
On his move away from journalism, Hunt said: ‘I was thinking about what I could do next... working on any other title wouldn’t seem as exciting as The Grocer.’
Just three months ago The Grocer news editor Simon Mowbray quit to join food and drink agency Richmond Towers Communications as editorial director (PRWeek, 31 March).