Paul Tripp, the managing director of malt loaf manufacturer Soreen, has resigned, British Baker can reveal.Tripp has been a highly influential figure at the Samworth Brothers-owned company leading Soreen into alternative markets such as snacking and was behind its rebrand in 2010.Employees at the Manchester-based firm have been made aware in a memo which said Tripp, who had been with the company for eight years, had been the “power house behind the Soreen brand”.The letter to staff also added: “He successfully led Soreen post the acquisition and has been instrumental in the integration of Soreen into Samworth Brothers. His experience and flair has helped put the brand back in the spotlight.”A spokeswoman for Samworth Brothers confirmed Tripp had resigned and said he was now on gardening leave.SalesAccording to The Daily Telegraph earlier this year he has helped to increase sales by 58% over the past three years, and had set a target of lifting them from £34.7m to £50m by 2017. Soreen employs 160 staff in Manchester, baking 1.1m malt loaves each week and getting through 2,000 tonnes of fruit every year.Chilled food manufacturer Samworth Brothers made its first acquisition in nearly 30 years when it bought Soreen from the McCambridge Group for an undisclosed sum in February 2014. Yesterday the company also acquired SCI-MX Nutrition, owner of sports nutrition brand SCI-MX. The deal comes as supermarket sales of sports nutrition goods have soared 12.8% to £143.5m on volumes up 20.2% in the past year [IRI 52 w/e 11 July 2015].Soreen was also finalist in the Bakery Manufacture of the Year category at the Baking Industry Awards.
Manchester City striker Sergio Aguero looks set for a spell on the sidelines after suffering a hamstring injury in Argentina’s 2-0 World Cup qualifying defeat to Ecuador.The 27-year-old, fresh from plundering five goals in City’s 6-1 Premier League win over Newcastle last Saturday, was carried off on a stretcher after sustaining the problem to his left leg midway through the first half in Buenos Aires.Aguero is set for a scan on the injury and has been ruled out of Argentina’s next game with Paraguay next week. Coach Gerardo Martino said the injury to his left leg meant he would not make the game in Asuncion.”Aguero had a problem from his last game with City, where he played well for 65 minutes,” Martino told reporters after the match. “We looked after him this week, he was moving well, very comfortable, but he felt the strain and unfortunately we are going to lose him.” Aguero’s injury was just the start of the bad news for Argentina: two goals in two minutes gave Ecuador a shock 2-0 win in Buenos Aires – Argentina’s first home defeat in six years – as the Andean side got off to a flying start in their bid to reach the 2018 World Cup finals in Russia.Frickson Erazo headed home the first goal after 80 minutes and Felipe Caicedo doubled their lead when he finished off a quick counter attack just a minute later. Ecuador, who have qualified for the finals on just three occasions, troubled Argentina out wide the entire game and the home side could not impose themselves on a team 30 places below them in the FIFA rankings.Manchester City confirmed Aguero’s injury on their website, with a statement that read: “Sergio Aguero lasted just 22 minutes of Argentina’s opening World Cup qualifier against Ecuador. “The City striker, who scored five goals in his last game against Newcastle, pulled up holding his left hamstring while chasing a long ball downfield.”Former Blue Carlos Tevez replaced Kun who was stretchered off after receiving treatment with the game at 0-0.” Aguero, who has only just returned to fitness after a knee injury earlier in the season, must now be considered doubtful for when City resume their Premier League campaign against Bournemouth on October 17.–Follow Joy Sports on Twitter: @Joy997FM. Our hashtag is #JoySports