The Association of Poultry Processors and Poultry Trade in the EU countries (AVEC), the association representing the poultry meat industry in the EU, has named Paul Lopez as its new president. Lopez, a board member from the French association FIA, had served the past four years as a vice president of AVEC.  

Lopez succeeds Federico Felix, representing the Spanish association PROPOLLO, who has been the AVEC president for the past two years. Lopez has been in management roles of poultry companies in Glon Group since 1990.

Lopez became the president during AVEC’s 57th general assembly, held October 2-5 in Marseille, France. He congratulated the organization’s progress under Felix’s leadership, and said he would try to capitalize on the already achieved work to make sure that the voice of the European poultry meat industry would be heard in the EU institutions in Brussels.

The new AVEC president said his mission will be to promote, develop and defend the production and processing of poultry in the EU; to maintain the confidence of European consumers; and demanding identical and equivalent rules for imports.


AVEC names vice president

Lopez will be assisted by four vice presidents. Paul-Heinz Wesjohann, of the Paul-Heinz Wesjohann Group in Germany, will continue in his role as vice president. He will be joined by three new vice presidents: Piotr Kulikowski, president of the board of Indykpol, Poland; Javier Rodriguez, director general of Grupo Sada, Spain; and Philip Wilkinson, executive directors of 2 Sisters Food Group, United Kingdom.