Josien Hermans, who held various leading commercial positions at feed giant Cargill and FrieslandCampina, has been named the new chief commercial officer at insect ingredient producer Protix.

Hermans will head overall commercial and sales strategies, as well as marketing and product development activities during the company's international expansion.

Protix is seeing increased demand in its markets despite the ongoing coronavirus outbreak, and is in the midst of assessing how this may also impact customer relationships going forward.

The company is stepping on the accelerator of operational growth following the private equity-backed funding it received in March from Rabo Corporate Investments.

At present, Protix is in the third phase of its evolution, marked by the inauguration of its Bergen Op Zoom production facility last summer.