Former Sainsbury’s director, Judith Batchelar OBE, has been appointed to the board of directors of low-sodium Foodtech company MicroSalt Inc.

From 2004 to 2021, she worked for Sainsbury’s as director of Sainsbury’s Brand with responsibility for all aspects of Sainsbury’s product offer. Batchelar currently serves as deputy chair of the UK. Environment Agency, sits on UK Research and Innovation’s Natural Environment Research Council and is a trustee of the Royal Botanic Gardens Kew. She has worked in the food and drink industry for over 35 years.

Prior to Sainsbury’s, Judith held a similar role at Safeway, spent twelve years in the Food Division at Marks & Spencer, and prior to this worked in manufacturing for Mars and Bass.

She is a biochemist and a nutritionist, has an Honorary Doctorate in Agriculture from Harper Adams University, and is a Fellow of the Institute of Food Science and Technology (IFST) and the Royal Society of Arts and Manufactures (RSA). 

She was awarded an OBE in 2015 for services to Farming and the Food Industry, and serves on the Food, Farming and Countryside Commission.

“We are very excited to have Judith join our team. Her deep industry experience in improving the nutritional profile of foods will be enormously helpful with our go-to-market efforts in the U.K.,” said Rick Guiney, CEO of MicroSalt.

Commenting on her appointment Judith Batchelar said: “I’m really excited to join the board of MicroSalt. I am passionate about their mission to help combat cardiovascular disease by reducing sodium levels in the foods we eat, and I know we can make a difference. “