Evolving Role of the R&D Department
in Food and Beverage Companies


Now Available On Demand

Originally Recorded:
September 26, 2019

Sponsor: Aptean

Moderator/Speaker: Dave Fusaro, Editor-In-Chief, Food Processing

Speakers: JeanMarie Brownson, Food Industry Expert, Chef and Author, Tim Schultz, Vice President of R&D, Lundberg Family Farms and Andy Pulling, Senior Ross ERP Product Analyst, Aptean

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We have four dynamic speakers for this webinar. Editor Dave Fusaro will review results of Food Processing's 48th annual R&D Survey on current product development priorities. JeanMarie Brownson will draw upon her experiences with Rick Bayless' Fronterra Foods and Conagra Brands in developing retail products that are close to gold-standard restaurant dishes. Tim Schultz, VP of R&D at Lundberg Family Farms, will talk about the challenges presented by retailers, third-party certifications and suppliers. And Andy Pulling of Aptean will explain how software can aid in scaling recipes, controlling prices and traceability.

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Meet the Speakers


Dave FusaroDave Fusaro
Food Processing

A lifelong journalist, Dave was editor in chief of Dairy Foods 1996-2001 and managing editor of Prepared Foods 1993-1995. Before and after that stint, he worked at Putman's Control magazine, most recently as its executive editor. Prior to that, he covered automation for Metalworking News, and earlier was an award-winning newspaper reporter specializing in business writing. Dave has a BA in journalism from Marquette University, Milwaukee.







Tim SchultzTim Schultz
Vice President of R&D
Lundberg Family Farms

Tim Schultz is Vice President of Research and Development for Lundberg Family Farms, a third generation, vertically integrated, family business that is the market leader in Organic Rice and Organic Quinoa in the U.S.  Tim oversees New Product Development, Sustainability, Human Resources, Planning and Legal. Over the past 6 years, Lundberg has introduced over 150 new organic SKUs to the market.



JeanMarie BrownsonJeanMarie Brownson
Food Industry Expert, Chef and Author

JeanMarie Brownson has a degree in Foods and Nutrition. She studied cooking at Le Cordon Bleu in Paris and in Mexico with Diana Kennedy. As the culinary host for CLTV’s Good Eating television show, JeanMarie cooked alongside Julia Child, Jacques Pepin, Emeril Lagasse and many other culinary stars.

She co-authored three cookbooks with Chicago chef Rick Bayless, including Rick Bayless’s Mexican Kitchen and Mexico-One Plate at a Time, and founded Frontera Foods in 1996 with Bayless and Manny Valdes. In September 2016, Conagra Brands acquired Frontera, and JeanMarie became Conagra's Culinary Director until August 2018. She's now working on a new cookbook for families who cook together. Email her at jmbfoodconsulting@gmail.com or find her on LinkedIn at Linkedin.com/in/jeanmarie-brownson-996487a.


Andy PullingAndy Pulling
Senior Ross ERP Product Analyst

Andy Pulling is a Senior Ross ERP Product Analyst and has been with the Ross ERP solution for over six years, working with process manufacturers and helping customers achieve their business goals through the adoption of Ross ERP. He works closely with both the product management and development organizations in providing input into future functionality requirements and with the services organization in application of new functionality. Andy previously spent time as an implementation consultant in the Customer Solutions organization, where he focused on customers’ manufacturing and supply chain needs, and holds a BA in Supply Chain Management from Michigan State University.



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