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Hoshizaki UK Branch Manager Announced - Steve Loughton

As Hoshizaki and Gram UK will operate under the integrated Hoshizaki business name from the 1st January, Steve is set to take the reins of the combined organisation from exiting MD Glenn Roberts. 

After nearly four years as managing director at Jestic Foodservice Equipment, Hoshizaki UK is delighted to welcome Steve to head up its UK head office. Bringing more than 40 years of foodservice sales and distributor experience to the team, the company will benefit from Steve’s industry background, bringing a fresh approach to the innovative and evolving Hoshizaki UK business. 

With a proven record of driving profit growth, Steve has extensive knowledge of the EMEA and North American markets, and is ready to embrace the challenge of growing Hoshizaki’s presence both in the UK and Europe.  

Steve Loughton commented, “I am thrilled to be joining Hoshizaki UK. I’m fortunate to be entering the business at a time of exciting change and ambitious growth as Hoshizaki UK and Gram UK come together under the operating corporate umbrella of Hoshizaki UK. Change is dynamic for the whole team, and I am ready to lead the business and drive it forward, sharing our exceptional category knowledge with customers. 

Glenn Roberts has adeptly created a very successful business in the UK, driving both an unrivalled reputation for quality innovations and customer service, as well as ensuring Gram is regarded as leading the way in energy efficiency within the professional refrigeration category. He leaves the business in a strong position and one, which I intend to further nurture along with the core values Glenn has set”.  

Gram’s commercial director Paul Anderson will also take up a new role in January as Hoshizaki UK’s director of sales. Having worked with Gram for more than six years, Hoshizaki UK is looking forward to maximising Paul’s unrivalled knowledge as a key member of the senior team. In this new role Paul will continue to build the business’ distributor relationships and will head up the sales team as it continues to achieve business growth. 

Paul Anderson commented, “The latter part of 2016 has seen a lot of change within the Hoshizaki and Gram teams in preparation for the integration of the brands from the beginning of January. I look forward to working closely with Steve as the business expands and we continue to build our reputation for bringing truly innovative products to market. It’s a genuinely positive move for the business and a great time to be part of an evolving journey. I would also like to wish Glenn all the best in his new role”.