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New CEO appointed at Arla Foods Ingredients

New CEO appointed at Arla Foods Ingredients appointments, Industry Voices Food and Beverage Business

Arla Foods Ingredients CEO Henrik Andersen is set to step down as CEO ‘to explore a new career path’ but will consider remaining part of the board of the dairy co-op. Replacing him at the helm of the ingredients division is the current vice-president commercial Luis Cubel, who has been at AFI since 2002 and will commence his new role on February 1, 2024.

Andersen has been part of Arla Foods since 1994 but has chosen to ‘dedicate the coming years to work on diverse projects and explore opportunities to serve as a board member’, Arla said in a statement.

“I have been part of a fantastic development in AFI for many years, and feel proud of what we have achieved working together,” said Andersen. “It has been a journey of discovering and delivering powerful nutrition, and I continue to see great potential for sustainable growth. We have come a long way with our Strategy26 implementation and soon we will begin work to craft our next strategy – therefore I think it is a good time for me to move on, and let a new leadership take charge of this process.“

Cubel’s ties with Arla Foods Ingredients go back to 2002, including positions as a general manager in Germany for three years until AFI was separated from Arla as a separate subsidiary.

On stepping into his new role, he commented: “I am honoured to have been appointed as the next CEO of AFI; An organization, I have been proud to serve during the last 20 years. Henrik leaves AFI in a very strong position to continue our growth ambitions, and I have truly enjoyed working with Henrik over the years. I am looking forward, together with the AFI team, to building on these strong foundations and taking AFI to the next level.”

To supplement this news, several other significant appointments have been made in the food and beverage industry. Allan Wilkinson has been appointed as the new president of the Royal Association of British Dairy Farmers, while former Arla Foods executive Graham Wilkinson will join the Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board (AHDB) as CEO. Additionally, former director at the US-based plant-based dairy manufacturer, Hajime Fujita has been named CEO of Daiya Foods, and ingredients manufacturer Beneo has appointed Niels Hower as a new member of the executive board of directors at Benoe GmbH.

These appointments reflect a period of change and new leadership within the food and beverage industry. They signal the importance of strong leadership and strategic vision in navigating the industry’s evolving landscape and consumer demands. Leaders at the helm of organizations in the food and beverage industry will need to stay abreast of food and beverage industry trends, food manufacturing trends, food processing technology, food distribution trends, food and drink industry innovation, food and drink sustainability, food and drink regulations, food and drink packaging, food and drink marketing, and food and drink consumer trends to ensure continued success and growth in the years to come.

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