Yorkshire based desserts brand Freaks of Nature has appointed Claire Gallagher as its new director of product innovation.

Having joined the company in January, Gallagher will aid the development of new products as the plant based manufacturer continues to supply major retailers such as Asda, Morrisons, Tesco, Sainsburys, Waitrose and Ocado.

With a career spending 25 years, Gallagher worked for a number of Michelin-starred chefs, including Raymond Blanc at Le Manoir Quat Saisons, before leading the Food and Drink Innovation Team at Bettys.

Commenting on her appointment, Gallagher said: “I am so excited about joining Freaks of Nature, I love that the company is so bold in its approach to making the best tasting plant-based desserts possible. We are committed to using the highest quality raw ingredients and because we are the only producer making desserts in a dedicated site that is free from gluten, dairy and egg the market potential is significant and safe.”

Freaks of Nature’s founder, Peter Ahye, said: “Claire is a highly innovative product developer; it really is quite a coup for us to have her on board. She had been working with us for a few months as a consultant helping to expand our product range but now she is a fully-fledged member of the team.

“The input she had in developing our latest dessert has been invaluable. It’s the first plant-based and gluten-free Belgium chocolate mousse in the UK. She’s as passionate as I am about creating great tasting plant-based desserts without compromising on quality.”