He joins the business after 33 years at Kerry, where he most recently served as managing director of private label grocery and meals – a role he held for two years.
Noble Foods chief executive Duncan Everett said: “With his extensive experience in the industry, Liam will bring a unique perspective to our business, helping us meet the challenges we are sure to face over the coming months as shopping and consumption habits change dramatically once more.
“What is more, Liam’s honest passion for developing talent within his teams, reflecting Noble Foods’ ethos, makes him a fantastic addition to our senior team as we enter our second century as a business.”
Noble noted Burke’s success in delivering ‘ambitious’ operational and commercial programmes and the creation of a sizeable convenience business through acquisitions and organic growth.
Commenting on his appointment, Burke said: “It has been an extraordinary year for the egg industry – with a number of complex challenges to deal with and I look forward to supporting the business as it continues to deliver growth in key areas, especially within the branded free range and organic segments.
‘When lockdown is eased’
“We are working closely with our retail partners to deliver on their ambitions to move away from caged to offer barn eggs, while helping the foodservice industry with time-saving, practical innovation as it gets back on its feet when lockdown is eased.”
This month has seen a number of appointments within the food and drink industry.
Vegan meat alternatives brand Cauldron has appointed former Mars director Tom Lindley to the newly created role of business unit head.
Meanwhile, Potato processor Branston has appointed Richard Fell to the newly created role of managing director of its prepared team to support a £12m investment into expanding its capabilities.