Fortnum & Mason announces new head of food buying

Fortnum & Mason has announced the appointment of seasoned buying professional, Brigette Hardy, into newly created role, head of food buying. Hardy will report to Fortnum & Mason’s buying director, Tim French, and joined Fortnum’s on 11 April 2016.
French said: “Food is at the heart of Fortnum’s offering and Brigette brings a wealth of food buying and product development experience from a vast array of food retailers and manufacturers. She will be a key driver across innovation at Fortnum’s, ensuring we continue to meet the diverse and ever changing needs of our customer base, through whichever channel they chose to shop.”
Hardy specialises in: the identification of food trends; sourcing of regional and artisan products; novel retail concepting; product innovation and development; with past experience earned at Sainsbury plc, and including consulting at Waitrose and Selfridges.
“I started my food career at Fortnum’s working in the grocery and hamper buying department so it is a real pleasure to be welcomed back,” said Hardy. “The store has a long and prolific history of dynamic, exciting product production and sourcing; I’m looking forward to being able to contribute to, and build upon, this incredible legacy.”