Fortnum & Mason have appointed “seasoned” buying professional Brigette Hardy, into a newly created role: Head of Food Buying. Hardy will report to Fortnum & Mason’s Buying Director, Tim French, and will join Fortnum’s on 11 April.
“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,” said French. 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, as well as through consulting for 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.”