The Can Makers — the industry trade body representing drinks can manufacturers in the UK — has appointed Marcel Arsand as its new chair.

Marcel Arsand Can MakersMarcel (pictured), who succeeds Martin Constable, brings more than ten years of waste management and sustainability knowledge and experience to the role.

He said: “It is an exciting time to be taking on the role of chairman of the Can Makers as we are seeing greater interest than ever before in drinks packaging. Brands, retailers and consumers alike are now more conscientious and looking for alternative solutions that fit into the circular economy.

“I thank Martin Constable for his hard work and dedication as chairman over the last three years. I hope to continue to raise the profile of the drinks can as a sustainable pack format.

“As an infinitely recyclable material and with a 72% recycling rate in the UK, the beverage can is the most recycled drinks container in the world. The can is a suitable pack choice for brands and retailers looking to improve their drinks packaging sustainability credentials.”

Having previously worked in the food and drink sectors in the UK and abroad, he has developed an extensive knowledge of packaging and recycling, and has taken part in ground-breaking research on methods of identifying and separating packaging for recycling, as well as on new technologies that can increase the shelf-life of food products and therefore reduce food waste.

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