New Chief Science Officer bolsters FoodMinds capabilities in food & nutrition science
Chicago, Ill. (October 25, 2016) – FoodMinds, an award-winning food and nutrition communications and consulting company, is pleased to welcome Mitch Kanter, PhD as its Chief Science Officer.
In his new role, Kanter will work closely with FoodMinds co-founders Laura Cubillos, RD, Bill Layden and Susan Pitman, MA, RD, to advise clients on the critical science and evidentiary issues facing the food, beverage, nutrition, health and wellness sectors. He also will co-lead the Global ExpertBench™, a network of nutrition experts spanning six continents.
“Dr. Kanter’s proven track record of success in developing and sustaining effective clinical research and nutrition affairs programs, coupled with his deep insights into the state-of-the-science across multiple food and beverage categories, will be a tremendous asset to our clients and our talented team members,” said FoodMinds co-founder Sue Pitman, MA, RD.
Having most recently served as Executive Director of the American Egg Board/Egg Nutrition Center, Dr. Kanter has more than 25 years of experience working for multi-national food companies, including The Quaker Oats/Gatorade Company, General Mills and Cargill. He has served in a variety of roles including Director of the Gatorade Sports Science Institute, and Director of Clinical Nutrition Research and Scientific Communications (Quaker Oats); Director of Health and Nutrition Sciences (General Mills); and Discovery Director, Director of Venturing, and Director of Health and Nutrition (Cargill).
Kanter has published numerous articles in scholarly journals, written over 150 articles in health professional and lay-oriented publications, and presented at lay and technical conferences all over the world on topics ranging from nutrition and disease prevention, antioxidant supplementation and health, nutrigenomics, the future of functional foods, and regulatory issues that impact food company health claims.
“FoodMinds operates at the intersection of science, communication, public affairs and consumer values,” said Dr. Kanter. “I’m thrilled to have the opportunity to help the team continue to bring value-added insights and programs to our clients, as well as to have a positive impact on public health.”
FoodMinds, a division of Padilla, is a food and nutrition communications and consulting firm that is boldly transforming the way the world thinks about food, nutrition and health. With offices in Chicago, Washington, DC and San Francisco, FoodMinds expertly navigates science, public affairs, consumer values and communications to create breakthrough strategies and help clients tell a better story. The firm has more than 40 employees, including 15 registered dietitians and a PhD, along with a global network of nearly 30 nutrition affairs experts. Over the past year, it expanded its capabilities in Strategic Insights and Issues & Crisis Navigation and continued to grow its global footprint.
The winner of the 2013 Holmes Report Boutique Agency of the Year and the 2012 Gold SABRE award in the public affairs category, FoodMinds was named a finalist for PRWeek’s 2015 Small Agency of the Year award and was cited by the 2014 Holmes World PR Report as one of the 10 fastest-growing U.S. PR companies. For more information, visit www.foodminds.com.
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