The Confederation of the Food and Drink Industries of the EU (CIAA) has confirmed the election of a new president.

The Brussels-based trade body said yesterday (16 July) that Jesús Serafín Pérez, CEO of Spanish bottled water company Fuensanta, will assume the presidency for the next three-year term.

Pérez will lead a newly-elected board of 17, which includes Zein Abdalla, president of PepsiCo Europe, and Didier Debrosse, Heineken's president for Western Europe.

"Under (previous president) Jean Martin's stewardship, the CIAA has grown and thrived as a highly respected, credible and fully representative body," said Pérez. "Thanks to his tireless dedication, European decision-makers understand our positions better. It is a source of great pride for me to follow in such illustrious footsteps."

Pérez is also the current president of the Federación Española de Industrias de Alimentación y Bebidas (FIAB - the Spanish Food and Drink Federation).

CIAA represents the European food and drink industry, with its membership coming from 26 national federations, 29 European sector associations and 21 major food and drink companies.