Food and Drink Federation announces Paul Freeston as new president elect
Paul Freeston, chair and chief executive of apetito UK and North America, has been named as the new president elect of the Food and Drink Federation (FDF).
Freeston has led apetito, provider of meals to the health and social care sector, for 22 years and has been developing new markets on both sides of the Atlantic. He was a founder member of the Malnutrition Taskforce and is a former president of the British Frozen Food Federation.
He takes over the role from Jon Woods, general manager of Coca-Cola Great Britain and Northern Ireland, who said it had been an honour to serve as president of the FDF for the last two years.
Freeston commented: “I’m delighted and honoured to take over the presidency of the Food and Drink Federation which commands the respect of both government and industry.
“Having served on the Board of the FDF for fifteen years, been treasurer and deputy president for the last two years, I know how valuable this membership is to a business and am very aware that as the UK’s largest manufacturing sector, the food industry has a vital role to play in both employment and the economic success, of the UK economy.
“I would like to pay tribute to Jon Woods, and our previous presidents, who have made a significant contribution to the profile of our industry. This is also a time of significant internal change for the FDF. Outgoing CEO Ian Wright leaves an enormous legacy, growing the influence and membership of the FDF.”