A poem entitled Mad Farmer's Liberation Front by Kentucky author Wendell Berry was the catalyst that forever impacted my life. My husband and I were so inspired by the poem that we decided to move across the state to be near family and run our organic farm. More on my journey to become an entrepreneur here. My heart and career are in food, and the move highlighted that my specific skill set is very unique. I was inspired to begin a business that allowed me to stay rooted in my cherished rural setting, but continue creating, troubleshooting, and partnering with food teams across the country.
I have a Bachelor of Science in Food Science & Technology from the University of Kentucky. I work with established chains, emerging brands, small and large formats, retailers and manufacturers striving to perfect their foodservice offer.
Food Forward Thinking was created to support quality foodservice operations in convenience stores, restaurants, and grocery chains. My career background includes product development for convenience, groceries, and quick service restaurants. My specialties are developing menus, sourcing equipment, helping operators understand costs and margins, and elevating operations consistency.
I led fresh food product development and quality assurance at Thorntons, Inc., a convenience store chain which operates 200+ locations across six states. The foodservice platform established there is leading the industry in evolving consumer expectations and elevating food quality.
At Yum! Brands, Inc., one of the world's largest restaurant companies, I conducted consumer research and developed food items for ten years. My experience with Kentucky Fried Chicken in the United States includes a national product launch and product design for the innovative fast-casual concept store KFC eleven. My experience internationally has provided unique insight into how to develop relevant, successful products. I understand trends and localization of tastes as well as large-scale commercialization. With KFC Middle East I lived and worked in Dubai, UAE developing new food items and equipment for the region. I also worked for KFC UK in London, England on a pivotal new breakfast platform, and conducted research and training for KFC in Latin America.
Launching dozens of products across nearly 5000 stores in the United States and 16 countries has given me exceptional perspective for developing products, procedures, and team member training that promote taste, consistency, and ease of operations.
AS A CONSULTANT:
I work with large, small and even startup brands to bring profitable, innovative platforms and menu items to market. With the flexibility to work remotely and to travel, I can provide real operator and developer perspectives to your unique challenges.
Product development questions? Challenges with layout and menu design? Interested in collaborating on writing or speaking opportunities? Drop me a line below and I'll get right back to you.