Monday, 19 November 2018


The annual general meeting of Belgapom, the Belgian potato trade and processing industry association, has appointed Marc Van Herreweghe as its chairperson. He succeeds Marc Seru has served two three-year terms, which is the maximum in accordance with the association’s policy. 

Marc Van Herreweghe is the CEO of the family-owned potato processing company Mydibel in Mouscron.

Since the beginning of this year, Marc Van Herreweghe is also chairperson of the executive committee for the Processing section within Belgapom.

He pointed to the necessity of the fast-growing potato sector in Belgium to make use of the technological means available to better coordinate the entire potato chain. This can benefit all the links in the chain, according to Van Herreweghe.

In addition, the potato sector must defend its interests, more than ever before. Thanks to the development of the potato-processing sector into a leading industrial player in the global agro-food sector, the industry is faced with numerous new challenges. Some notable examples of challenges to the global trade include the consequences of climate change, the increasing pressure from disease and pests, the availability of workers via the demand for ever more sustainable production, and the pressure on the use of crop protection agents, or the increasing market protection.

It is Belgapom’s task to handle this, together with the chain, through efficient cooperation with national and European organizations, the association says. To this end, it highlighted the role of the inter-branche organization founded in Belgium.

In addition to the election of a new chairperson, the board was also renewed.

The following have seats representing the trade section: Marc Bauden, Ben Muyshondt, Bart Nemegheer, Marc Seru, Rik Tanghe and Heike Valcke.

The following have seats representing the processing section: Jan Clarebout, Yves De Vinck, Dirk Desloovere, Wim Lannoey, Carlo Mylle and Hannelore Raes.

This board has a mandate until 2021.

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