The Duravant family of operating companies serve the food processing, packaging and material handling segments.

Duravant Organization Announcement

As a result of Duravant’s recent acquisition of MARELEC and the company’s intent to acquire more businesses based in Europe, Erik Blom, who has served as President of Foodmate NL, will transition into a new Europe-Based Business Development role. Initially, Erik will serve as Interim President of Marelec following Piet Rommelaere’s transition to a Senior Advisor role, and Erik will also serve as Interim General Manager of Votech. 

Duravant and Foodmate recognize Erik’s impact on Foodmate since becoming president. He has strengthened the management team, accelerated growth, reinvigorated new product development, and formed an important bond with Jim James, President of Foodmate US, and the entire Foodmate US team.

With Erik’s transition, we are pleased to announce that David Wilson will serve as President of Foodmate NL. David brings over 25 years of diverse leadership experience from the food processing industry, including almost 15 years in Poultry processing. Most recently, he was the Executive Vice President and Managing Director of Marel Meat, based in The Netherlands. At Marel, he also served as Executive Vice President and Managing Director for Further Processing and Senior Vice President for Marel Poultry, North America. 

David holds a Bachelor’s degree in Agricultural and Business Management and a Master’s in Animal Sciences from the University of Aberdeen in Aberdeen, Scotland. David is in the process of relocating to the Numansdorp area, where he will reside.

The Duravant and the Foodmate teams welcome David to our ever-growing organization and wish him much success in his new role!


About Foodmate

Foodmate, which is owned by Duravant LLC,  is a leading poultry processing equipment manufacturer based in the Netherlands. Founded by industry experts in early 2006, the company quickly expanded its worldwide distribution into North and South America with the launch of Foodmate US in 2010.  Foodmate Brasil was then launched in 2015, followed by the launch of Foodmate Poland in 2017 and the acquisition of Foodmate UK in 2019. Foodmate has become a committed and reliable partner of major poultry processing companies worldwide. In 2017, Inc. magazine ranked Foodmate US, Inc. No.#13 in the manufacturing sector on its 36th Annual List of America’s Fastest-Growing Private Companies, the Inc. 5000, the most prestigious ranking of the nation’s fastest-growing private companies. For Foodmate U.S. visit For Foodmate B.V. visit


About Duravant

Headquartered in Downers Grove, IL, Duravant is a global engineered equipment company with manufacturing, sales, and service facilities throughout North America, Europe, and Asia. Through its portfolio of operating companies, Duravant delivers trusted end-to-end process solutions for customers and partners through engineering and integration expertise, project management, and operational excellence. With worldwide sales distribution and service networks, they provide immediate and lifetime aftermarket support to all the markets they serve in the food processing, packaging, and material handling sectors. Duravant’s market-leading brands are synonymous with innovation, durability, and reliability. For more information, visit


Foodmate Media Contact:
Silvana Paterno
Marketing Communications Manager
678 819 5271

Duravant Media Contact:
Eleni Yianas
Vice President, Marketing
630 635 3914


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