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EP285 State of the Food Service Industry with Maeve Webster, President of Menu Matters
In a world where culinary trends shift as swiftly as customer preferences; the food service industry finds itself in a perpetual state of adaptation.
To gain insights into the current landscape and future prospects, Lori Taylor chats with Maeve Webster, President of Menu Matters, a leading consultancy firm specializing in food industry trends and consumer behavior.
BONUS: Thanksgiving Greeting from Lori
EP284 Advancing Potatoes in the U.S. with Kam Quarles, CEO of the National Potato Council
Potatoes have become a culinary cornerstone in the American diet, gracing our tables in various forms, from crispy fries to creamy mashed goodness. However, the journey from field to fork involves a complex network of farmers, policymakers, and industry leaders working together to ensure a thriving potato industry.
We had the privilege of sitting down with Kam Quarles, CEO of the National Potato Council (NPC) to shed light on the efforts and initiatives aimed at advancing potatoes in the United States.
EP283 Redefining School Cafeteria Dining with Diane Grodek, Executive Chef for Austin Independent School District
School cafeteria dining has long been associated with bland, institutional food and a lackluster atmosphere. However, there’s a growing movement to redefine this experience, offering students not just nourishment but an engaging, diverse, and healthy dining environment.
To delve deeper into this transformative approach, I had the pleasure of speaking with Diane Grodek, a visionary in the field of school nutrition and an advocate for redefining the school cafeteria experience.
EP282 How A Global Pizza Chain Prioritizes Fresh with Jessica Foust, Director of Global Product Development & Menu Management for Little Caesar’s and Jill Overdorf
In a world where fast food has long been synonymous with unhealthy indulgences, a surprising shift is taking place, led by an unexpected pioneer - Little Caesars. The popular pizza chain is breaking new ground by championing healthy changes in the way America eats, proving that convenient and delicious food doesn't have to compromise on health.
Little Caesars' commitment to change how America eats is sending ripples across the fast-food industry. By embracing healthier ingredients, providing transparency in nutrition information, offering portion control options, and encouraging healthier choices, they are setting an example that other chains are starting to follow. On today’s episode with will speak with Jessica Foust, RDN Director, Global Product Development & Menu Management for Little Caesars and Jill Overdorf, a Culinary & Foodservice Expert and founder of The Produce Ambassador.
EP281 Transforming cafeterias with Jessica Shelly, Director of Student Dining Services with Cincinnati Public Schools
In the bustling world of school food services, there are unsung heroes who tirelessly work to ensure students receive not only nutritious meals but also a holistic education about the food they consume.
Jessica Shelly, the Director for Student Dining Services at Cincinnati Public Schools, stands out as one such remarkable figure who is leading the charge for healthier eating habits and the importance of selecting fruits and vegetables in school cafeterias.
Always worth a listen
Every episode brings a new perspective, takeaway, revelation. Lori crushes it without exception.
Genuine, inspiring, real & refreshing
The Produce Moms podcast is genuine, inspiring, real and refreshing. Lori is genuinely engaged in real conversation with her guests, without an alternative agenda. Simply real, caring conversation about meaningful issues … refreshing!!!
Thought provoking. Insightful. Impactful. Look to TPM for up to date industry knowledge, with world class guests and conversations. I appreciate their approach to looking beyond the produce aisle, and introducing our industry to professionals looking to push the limits and innovate for a healthier future for all.