My Food Job Rocks!

There is very little awareness of what the people in the food industry actually do. This stems back to the lack of knowledge and awareness of the range of degree courses and programs available that will equip them for a career in food. My FoodJobRocks! by Adam Yee is the first podcast of its kind that allows listeners to hear directly from people who are in the food industry and have a passion for what they do. They share how they became involved in food and describe what it is they do, plus a few more fun questions just to keep things entertaining. Listen to them here, and stay tuned for a new episode every Monday.
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Jul 25, 2016
This week we eat and chat with Kyle Failia. As a Sales Manager with Glanbia (a global company supplying dairy isolates and functional ingredients), Kyle has found a perfect fit for his passion!

About Kyle 

Originally a Nutrition student, Kyle's interest in functional ingredients and physical activity crossed paths at his sales position with Nutrishop. Through his interactions with customers and his curiosity for ingredients, Kyle became interested in the creative side of nutrition. However, knowing that he did not want to become a dietitian, he stumbled upon Food Science and became an undergraduate in the Food Science program at Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo. It is then that Kyle knew he had found the perfect fit.
As a result of product development competitions at Cal Poly and his involvement as a board member at IFTSA (Institute of Food Technologist Student Association) Kyle landed a job with Glanbia on their graduate program. It is here that he was able to experience every aspect of the business from marketing to R&D and production. Most recently, Kyle has become an account manager with Glanbia. In this role, mainly focused on the west coast, he helps clients solve functional problems with their products. Find Kyle on LinkedIn to learn more about his thoughts on Protein and Processed Food!

About Glanbia

Glanbia is a global, performance nutrition and ingredients group with operations in 32 countries and 5,200 employees. It has leading market positions in sports nutrition, cheese, dairy ingredients, speciality non-dairy ingredients and vitamin and mineral premixes. Glanbia products are sold or distributed in over 130 countries. While Europe and the USA represent the organization's biggest markets, Glanbia is also expanding in to markets in the Middle East, Africa, Asia Pacific and Latin America. The Glanbia Group has four segments; Global Ingredients, Performance Nutrition, Dairy Ireland and Joint Ventures & Associates.

Key Takeaways

  • How a book covered in a cereal box convinced Kyle to go into food science
  • Why sales might be the career for you
  • Why you should take advantage of the extra-curricular opportunities available to you in College

What we talk about:

Otaku (this is a restaurant) Ireland Whey Protein Premix Acquisitions Optimum Nutrition ISOPure Think Thin Bar “Just add Glanbia” Fresno, California NutriShop Cal Poly IFT Expo New Orleans IFTSA (Board Member) Product Development Teams Sales as a Career 3D Printing Nutrient Timing (this is a book) Cooked (this is also a book) Chef’s Table (this is a documentary) Pizza

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Jul 18, 2016
In this episode, I interview Eve Turow Paul about her amazing writing career and the importance of soil.

About Eve

Eve Turow Paul, author and consultant, has taken on a big challenge: understanding the preferences and trends of the mysterious Millennial. By taking a deep dive into the psychology of this generation, Turow has gained an understanding of their fears and desires, especially when it comes to food culture around the world. Through her book A Taste of Generation Yum: How the Millennial Generation’s Love for Organic Fare, Celebrity Chefs and Microbrews Will Make or Break the Future of Food, Turow has become, in our eyes, an expert in Millennials and their unparalleled fascination with food. Turow approached the research for her book by interviewing high profile food writers and commentators including Anthony Bourdain and Michael Pollan, and feedback received  directly from Millennials themselves. She provides fascinating insights in to Millennials obsession with food and their role in the future of food culture and policy, specifically in America. Through her studies Turow has been able to guide start-ups and Fortune 500 companies alike in making sound decisions when it comes to Millennials. Her writings have been featured in The Chicago Tribune, Plate, Refinery29 and The Huffington Post.

Turow's Career

Before her current position as Millennial Expert in Residence for Group SJR (a part of Hill+Knowlton Strategies), Turow worked as a contributing writer to the New York Times as well as with journalist and cookbook author Mark Bittman. Hard copies of her book can be found at retailers MacNally Jackson or Espresso Book Machine. E-book versions can be found at Apple Stores, Barnes and Nobel, Kobo, Google Play or Amazon! Find out more about Eve on Twitter and Instagram at @EveTurowPaul and on Facebook at

Key takeaways

  • How to meet Anthony Bourdain (and other important people)
  • How to turn writing into an amazing food job
  • Why dirt is so important

What we talk about

Generation Yum Mark Bitman Food Columnist New York Anthony Bourdain Argentina Bonnie Wolfe, NPR Nestle Generation Z Old for Snapchat The Recession How technology is changing food Microbiome Fitbits 3D Printing Voltaire –cultivate your garden Japanese custom knives We need more farmers Is your job fulfilling? Download Episode
Jul 11, 2016
In this episode, Jeffery a supply chain engineer talks about leadership in a diverse environment and convinces you that you can change the world.

About Jeffrey Nguyen

Jeffrey graduated in 2015 with a BS in Chemical Engineering. We both met at an Asian organization and found we had similar leadership interests so we became friends. He now works at Pepsico under the Supply Chain Associate program. In his spare time, he likes to dive in and help communities from volunteer work to supporting organizations and he’s all about taking action and making an impact.

About Gatorade

The Gatorade Company, Inc. is an American manufacturer of sports-themed beverage and food products, built around its signature line of sports drinks. Gatorade is currently manufactured by PepsiCo and is distributed in over 80 countries. The beverage was first developed in 1965 by a team of researchers at the University of Florida, to replenish the combination of water,carbohydrates, and electrolytes that the school's student-athletes lost in sweat during rigorous sport activities. Originally produced and marketed by Stokely-Van Camp, the Gatorade brand was purchased by the Quaker Oats Company in 1987, which, in turn, was bought by PepsiCo in 2000. As of 2010, Gatorade is PepsiCo’s 4th-largest brand, on the basis of worldwide annual retail sales. Within the United States, Gatorade accounts for approximately 75 percent market share in the sports drink category.

Key Takeaways

  • What a supply chain engineer does
  • How to work together with people who have no education and speak a different language
  • Why being in a big corporation magnifies your impact
  • How to impact lives and why you need to explore your town

What we talk about

Pepsico Arizona State University Main Ingredient ACEL- Asian Corporate Entrepreneur Leaders Supply Chain Engineer Thermodynamics Bio Diesel Batch Reactors Flavor Pails Dealing with Different People Electrolytes 3D Printing of Food Food and Culture Ghandi – You must be the change you see in the world Sushi – Salmon Sashimi Art and Culture in Arizona Download Episode
Jul 4, 2016
In this amazing episode Adam talks to Dr. Howard Moskowitz, C.S.O. of Mind Genomics and personal hero of Malcom Gladwell.

About Mind Genomics

Mind Genomics is an empirical, scientific way to identify how people subconsciously respond to aspects of everyday experience. More simply put, Mind Genomics works to sequence a consumer’s brain, layer by layer. This creates a “template” that predicts how someone will feel about new products, services, and messages. This map can then be used as a baseline to predict how other individuals will react. No other science offers this kind of insight. You can see why Mind Genomics is a hot topic in the food industry. It produces a dramatic "lift" in customer response by going beyond customer preferences and lifestyles. Instead it provides direct insight into what consumers are thinking - even when they don't know how to articulate their preferences.

About Dr. Howard Moskowitz

..........someone who I think has done as much to make Americans happy as perhaps anyone over the last 20 years, a man who is a great personal hero of mine: someone by the name of Howard Moskowitz, who is most famous for reinventing spaghetti sauce" -Malcom Gladwell, Choice, Happiness and Spaghetti Sauce, Ted Talk, September 2006.
Dr. Howard Moskowitz isa well-known experimental psychologistand an inventor of world-class market research technology. He graduated from Harvard University in 1969 with a Ph.D. in experimental psychology. He has written/edited twenty-six books, published over 400 articles and serves on the editorial board of major journals. He has many speaking engagements and does guest lectures at leading business schools and food science schools. His latest book with co-author Alex Gofman, Selling Blue Elephants (Wharton School Publishing) demonstrates and popularises how IdeaMap (i-Novation`s flagship product) creates new products and messages from areas as diverse as credit cards, jewellery offers, presidential messaging, stock market communications, and transnational innovation.

Awards and Accolades

Dr. Moskowitz has won numerous awards, among them the Scientific Director`s Gold Medal for outstanding research at the U.S. Army Natick Laboratories, and the 2001 and 2003 awards by ESOMAR (European Society Of Market Research) for his innovation in web-enabled, self-authored conjoint measurement, and for weak signals research in new trends analysis and concept development.  In 2004, Dr. Moskowitz was elected as an IFT Fellow, and was awarded the "David R. Peryam Award", from ASTM, in recognition of outstanding contributions to the field of basic and applied sensory science. In 2005, Dr. Moskowitz was awarded the Charles Coolidge Parlin Marketing Research Award for his substantial contributions and dedication to the advancement of marketing research practices. Most recently, he is the recipient of the ARF Research Innovation Award and The Market Research Council Hall of Fame Award, both in 2006. From November 2004 to November 2006, Dr. Moskowitz appeared weekly on ABC News Now as the Food Doctor. His segment highlighted the most innovative and interesting aspects of the food industry.

Key Takeaways

  • Why different people like different things (and not just food)
  • An example of someone zigging while everyone zags
  • How to use Moskowitz’s principle to achieve world peace

 What we talk about

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