Foodservice Management, Supply Chain
Hi, I’m Ryan. Your go-to F&B Expert specializing in Commercial and Supply Chain.
Ryan Varga-Clark
MENA
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Bio

Ryan is a highly skilled leader with extensive knowledge and experience in multi-billion-dollar businesses working on a global platform. He has over ten years in the international arena - launched and managed multi-national projects for concepts across the MENA markets, plus Turkey, UK, Kazakhstan, and Russia.

Previously, Ryan was the Business Head at Emirates Group, where he did a turnaround of the Hospitality and Catering Business Unit – transformed from negative 30% to profit in six months with over 250 staff under his supervision.

Before that, Ryan was the Director of Strategic Procurement, Culinary and Manufacturing at Americana Group. In this role, he worked across 2,000+ restaurants from leading international restaurant brands such as KFC, Pizza Hut, Hardee’s, TGI Friday’s, Costa Coffee, Krispy Kreme, and others. Ryan established the NPD and culinary functions for the Americana business – strategic innovation driving revenue and profit contributions for the division. He also managed teams of over six hundred staff with six direct reports, in four production sites across Egypt, UAE, Jordan & Lebanon with annual production volumes of over 25,000MT of fresh and chilled proteins and produce, finished meals and baked goods, with over 1000 delivery drops per day.

Ryan is a valuable asset to any company looking to accelerate their commercial and operations activities, increase profits, and establish their presence in the GCC region.

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Experience

Pickl.

Chief Supply Chain Officer ・ UAE January 2022 – June 2022

  • Development and growth of a leading UAE-based premium food chain.
    • Growth of a team in operations & procurement covering all purchasing and Supply Chain functions.
    • Training and development of the team (NPD, Procurement, Demand Planning/Supply Chain, and logistics).
    • Owner of brand standards and product standards.
    • Recipe management, systems integration (Crunchtime).
    • Strategic outsourcing program – direct to vendor vs in-house/distributor model (local and international).
    • Reduction in spend through strategic supplier and product management.

Emirates Group – Transguard

Taste of Home Catering Services – Business Head ・ UAE November 2020 – December 2021

  • Turnaround of the Hospitality and Catering Business Unit – transformed from negative 30% to profit in six months. Over 250 staff with core business functions reporting directly (Admin, QA, Operations, Culinary, Fleet, and Facilities Management).
    • Restructure of business unit operations.
    • Won over 30m AED of new contracts.
    • Driven growth through diversification of offerings and innovation.
    • New menus (140 new menu items over seven cuisines).
    • New processes, equipment, and redesign of the processing unit to improve functionality.
    • Reduction in spend and increase in efficiency of the business unit through procurement and operational efficiencies.

Kilcoy Global Foods

Business Strategy Project・ June 2020 – October 2020

  • Fixed term contract for Australia’s third largest beef processor scoping of the new secondary and further processing facility.
  • Three stages of reports detailing R&D, market position, and opportunity with financial estimates.
  • Development of products from market research and innovation stage of the project.
  • Recommendations as to manufacturing process, detailed scope of equipment requirements, and costs.

Americana Group

Director of Strategic Procurement, Culinary and Manufacturing・ UAE September 2017 – April 2020

  • Development of fresh chicken for KFC in KSA resulting in 35% increase in LFL sales (7m USD/Month).
  • Launch of over 200 new products over a period of three years, resulting in revenue and profit growth.
  • Introduced multiple menu lines Mozzarella Patties, Dipper Fries, Manufactured Sauces, and Frozen Desserts.
  • Development of new ranges of appetizers, toppings, and proteins for Pizza Hut.
  • Supplier development – poultry, bakery, beef, and burger processing from global vendors.
  • Introduced automation of processes within the commissaries driving +10% efficiency over two years.

Alghanim Industries

Head of Procurement and Product Development - Food and Beverage Division・ Kuwait May 2016 - June 2017

  • Costa - Development and Launch of 60+ new Food, RTE and RTD items contributing to 7% LFL sales increase and 17% category growth.
  • Developed new menus/menu items for Wendy’s GCC.
  • Recruitment of supply chain and product development teams.
  • Built supplier partnerships and developed regional contracts 2% divisional margin improvement in 2016 through purchasing solutions and freight efficiencies.
  • Introduced Supply and Demand Planning - improved visibility of stockholding and value, pipeline, shipment tracking and exposure potential through regional and international sourcing strategies.
  • Improved quality in existing brands through development of the current supplier base, and introduction of new key partners from the GCC, Europe and internationally.
  • On-boarding and launch of the Slim Chickens brand.

M.H. Alshaya Co.

Product Development, Procurement & Supply Chain Manager・ Kuwait August 2012 – May 2016

  • Supply Chain & Procurement Manager for the group's 23+ franchise brands across 14 countries.
    • New brand launch – Raising Cane’s Chicken Fingers, Kuwait. Member of the BD/On-boarding team.
    • Setup and launch of Shake Shack in Turkey, the UK and Russia.
    • Source new localised products with savings of over 1.5 million USD per annum.
    • Introduced new systems for maintaining product quality, and created development processes for multi-brand, multi-country environments.
    • Product sourcing, product development, and management of existing and new markets
    • Management of Shake Shack MENA supply chain and openings in Turkey, the UK, and Russia.
    • Management of P.F. Chang’s MENA supply chain and expansion to Abu Dhabi, KSA, and Qatar.
MENA
Operations / Supply Chain