Fairtrade nut company Liberation Foods has named Richard Cooper as its new chairman.

Cooper, who has worked in the food sector for 20 years, including at RHM/Premier Foods and McCambridge Group, will replace Sandy Balfour on 1 December.

“Liberation has already done so much to empower and strengthen smallholder nut farmer organisations,” he said. “I am looking forward to working with the team to build on this success.”