Nestlé chairman and CEO Fiona Kendrick has been elected the next president of the Food and Drink Federation.

Kendrick replaces Richard Evans, president of PepsiCo UK, who is to step down after a single year in the role. A formal handover of responsibilities will take place at the FDF president’s reception on 15 December.

During his time as president Evans has been outspoken in his attacks of food industry critics, notably Action on Sugar, which he has accused of ignoring scientific evidence and playing politics. “Fiona Kendrick has already made a substantial contribution to FDF’s work as chair of its competitiveness steering group and I am delighted she has been elected president,” he said.