Fruit and nut supplier Whitworths has announced Mark Fairweather as its new chief executive.

Fairweather joined the company in June after stepping down as chief executive of the Allied Milling and Baking Division of Associated British Foods in March.

He told The Grocer: “I’m delighted to be leading the Whitworths team and joining a business in a category that has seen tremendous growth.

“It’s an exciting time for the business as we look to relaunch our core Whitworths range and build on the success of our Shots healthy snacking line.”