Andrew Southwood is the Director & Owner of ‘freshXpressions’, a Management Solutions and Consulting firm that helps senior executives unlock sustainable growth opportunities.
Since starting his career with Unilever SouthAfricain 1986, he has been involved in the food industry, primarily with perishable products such as cooking oil, bread spreads, cheese, fruit juices, ice cream and fresh produce. This involvement has been at an international level since 1993.
Over his career, Andrew has held positions in sales, key account management, marketing, business development, procurement and general management, dealing with growers, manufacturers, shippers, packers, logistics providers, co-op boards, government departments, retailers and consumers. You could say he understands food from farm to fork very well.
Andrew is a graduate from theUniversityofCape Town(South Africa), with a B.Bus.Sc (Bachelor of Business Science –majoring in Marketing, Economics and Psychology) degree, as well as EMBA in Advanced Management Practices from the UCT Graduate School of Business.
In 1993 when sanctions were lifted on South Africa, Andrew was appointed Export Manager at Unifruco Ltd. for all South African deciduous fruit to markets outside of Europe. Within seven years, he was instrumental in opening up the Middle East, Far East, Canada, USA and Mexico as new opportunity destinations for. In this role Andrew developed a full understanding of what it takes to manage an export program in its entirety.
During the late 1990’s Andrew was very involved in the merger of Unifruco and Outspan International to form Capespan International and position the new company to compete in a deregulated export environment.
By 2000, he helped Capespan International with the purchase of Fisher Brothers Inc. and moved toNorth Americawhere he took on the role of VP Business Development until 2008.
In May 2008, Andrew started ‘freshXpressions’ and positioned the firm to help support resource depleted management teams achieve their growth goals.
Today Andrew offers clients cutting edge thinking, tools and practices in relation to building more sustainable and profitable businesses. This includes the development of a sustainable business strategy, building sustainable brands, effectively communicating CSR as core to the future success of the company and understanding what a ‘green supply chain’ needs to look like.
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