Industrial journalist TR Cutler recently interviewed Lucia Falek, VP of Development and Quality Systems a Grand Rapids, Michigan company; Falek is a thought-leader for 30 years in the industry continually creating, commercializing, and packaging customized flavored food solutions. The feature can be read in the Food Industry Executive.
According to Falek, “Corporate executives in the food industry must support a culture of food innovation based on the consumers’ new buying patterns, product performance expectations, flavor palettes, and increasing desire to experience food differently. During COVID with less restaurant dining, more people stayed home and experimented with food, cooking, and flavors.”
Falek discussed how food science and food safety have advanced significantly through technology. Operational processes have changed a great deal in 30 years. “We eventually implemented a continuous process improvement mentality that migrated from the automotive industry. The result has been a greater focus on food innovation and listening to the demands of customers with respect to product performance, flavor, cooking styles, and supply chain considerations,” added Falek.
“When I started my career many of the food quality, safety, and scientists were women. Now we see women in VP management levels, but sadly there is still a glass ceiling when one looks at the C-Suite or Board of Directors for most food manufacturing companies. More successful women in the food industry are moving to buy or launch new food product companies ranging from plant-based to organic and gluten-free product lines. When women are at the top of food manufacturing management there tends to be a cooperative and team building environment encouraging innovation and experimentation,” shared Falek.
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