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.
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.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or find her on LinkedIn at Linkedin.com/in/jeanmarie-brownson-996487a.
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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