Noble Foods welcomes Barney Kay as new Agriculture Director

Published on : 9 Jul 2024

Barney joins from Amber Real Estates

Noble Foods has appointed Barney Kay as the company’s new Agriculture Director. In this role, Barney will be responsible for the network of over 200 dedicated producers, the team of Regional Performance Managers, plus the development of Noble Foods’ agricultural sustainability strategy, reinforcing the company’s commitment to sustainable and ethical farming practices.

Barney joins from Amber Real Estates (part of Boparan Private Office), where he held the position of Agriculture Strategy and Supply Chain Director. During his tenure, he played a crucial role in supporting the business's transition to higher welfare chicken production, demonstrating his dedication to animal welfare and sustainable agricultural practices.

Prior to his role at Amber Real Estates, Barney served as Managing Director of Agriculture at Pilgrim’s UK, overseeing one of the largest pig farming operations in the country. His responsibilities included managing the operational and financial performance of the business, where he consistently delivered impressive results.

Barney's extensive experience in the agricultural sector also includes significant roles in retail. He served as Head of Agriculture at both Sainsbury’s and Tesco, two of the UK's largest retailers. In these positions, Barney excelled in building strong, productive relationships with farmers and suppliers, fostering trust and cooperation throughout the supply chain.

Commenting on the appointment, Barney said: “Having begun my career as a farmer, I hope to bring an honest, practical understanding of the agricultural supply chain to the role. This is clearly an exciting time for Noble Foods, as the business continues to advance its support for producers and its sustainability efforts”.
Barney joins Noble Foods from 1st July, where he will lead the agricultural function within the Consumer Foods business, responsible for the production and packaging of over 30 million eggs each week.

"Barney brings with him extensive experience, strategic acumen, and a deep understanding of the agricultural sector. Key qualities which are essential for us to nurture and grow our agricultural partnerships”, said Liam Burke, MD of Consumer Foods at Noble Foods.

“We are pleased to welcome Barney to our team, at a pivotal time for Noble Foods as we work hard to grow and develop our business in both shell and added value egg as well as deliver on the ambitions we have to become a truly sustainable business”.