In September 2020, the General Assembly of the European Former Foodstuff Processors Association (EFFPA) elected Valentina Massa as its new president. She succeeds Paul Featherstone of SugaRich, who has served as EFFPA president since its foundation in 2014. Mr Featherstone is retiring from the sector.

Ms Massa, managing director of Italian former foodstuff processor DALMA Mangimi, was a founding member of EFFPA.

The General Assembly also elected Guy Lannoy as vice-president. Mr Lannoy is one of two EFFPA vice-presidents and will serve with Kees van Gorp.

Commenting on her election, Ms Massa said: “The former foodstuff processing sector is determined to show to policy makers and food chain partners that we hold the key to compound feed production with lower climate emissions and food manufacturing with reduced food waste in line with the Farm to Fork Strategy. Our role in the circular food economy is essential to more sustainable livestock production.”

Mr Featherstone added: “It has been a great honour to have served as the first president of EFFPA and to have been able to leave an international mark on the sector that I have worked in for over 30 years. In the past decades I have seen the sector grow into a fully recognised actor of the European feed chain. I leave the sector with great growth potential, considering its essential role in achieving food waste reduction ambitions and enhancing sustainable compound feed production.”