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Fiona Kendrick elected as President of Food and Drink Federation

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Today, it was announced that Fiona Kendrick, Nestlé UK and Ireland’s Chairman and CEO has been elected as Food and Drink Federation’s (FDF) President from 1st January 2015.   

Fiona’s Presidency follows on from succession to Richard Evans, President of PepsiCo West Europe & South Africa Region.  A formal handover of responsibilities will take place at the FDF President’s Reception on 15 December.

Fiona Kendrick, Chairman and CEO of Nestle UK and Ireland and FDF President Elect said:

"The food and drink industry is the largest manufacturing sector in the UK.  Together we play a vital role in the UK economy as a major employer, as a partner to British agriculture, and as a supplier to British retailers.  Most importantly we provide a fantastic range of great food and drink products for UK consumers.” 

“I am delighted to be elected as President of the Food & Drink Federation.  I will look forward to working with our membership to build on the great progress we have made under Richard's Presidency, and to ensure that our industry remains competitive and continues to grow in the future."

Outgoing FDF President Richard Evans said:

“It has been a pleasure to lead FDF’s work, first as Chair of the Health and Wellbeing Steering Group and then as President. I have enjoyed the support of a committed membership and a high performing executive team and would like to thank all of them. Fiona Kendrick has already made a substantial contribution to FDF’s work as Chair of its Competitiveness Steering Group and I am delighted that she has been elected to the role of President for 2015. I wish her every success in the role.”

Notes to editors

  1. Nestlé UK and Ireland produces some of the UK’s best-loved products, which include Kit Kat, Nescafe, Rolos.
  2. The Food and Drink Federation (FDF) is the voice of the food and drink manufacturing industry – the UK's largest manufacturing sector. For more information about FDF and the industry we represent visit:
  3. The FDF President is elected annually with Presidents serving from one up to a maximum of three years in total.