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Michel Picandet, New Head of TOMRA Food, Hails from Tetra Pak

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Michel Picandet has been appointed executive vice president and head of Leuven, Belgium-based TOMRA Food. He is in charge of the food sorting equipment, grading and filling systems company’s three brands: TOMRA Food, Compac and BBC Technologies.

“I am delighted that Michel is joining our management team. He is a highly strategic, global business executive with strong experience in the food and beverage industry, as well as capital equipment and related services,” said President and CEO Stefan Ranstrand. “I am confident that under his leadership, the TOMRA Food team will continue to build on our three pillars of technical leadership, food trust and digital transformation, in order to achieve amore circular economy and safeguard the future of food.”

Picandet stated: “I am thrilled to have been given the opportunity to lead a forward-looking company such as TOMRA Food, which is spearheading the resource revolution as a sustainability leader. This is a company that continually strives to find innovative ways to reduce the world’s waste and optimize the use of its resources, and I am looking forward to the challenge of helping customers reduce food waste and improve yields in their operations, and build a reputation for their sustainability credentials.”

Prior to joining TOMRA, Picandet has held management positions within Tetra Pak as its global and managing director since 2013. Previously, he headed the life cycle management division of Sidel, where he worked in America, Asia and Europe for more than 20 years after having started his career in engineering and controls at Rhone-Poulenc Animal Nutrition.Picandet is a French national and has an engineering degree from the University of Clermont-Ferrand as well as a master in management degrees from ESCP Business School. Visitors to the February 5-7 Fruit Logistica Berlin show will have the opportunity meet him and other members of the TOMRA Food team at Booth F-14 in Hall 9.