Emerge Live: The Changing Nature of Product Development - On - Demand Webcast
Emerge Live: The Changing Nature of Product Development - On - Demand Webcast
On-Demand Web Events

The world is changing at an increasingly rapid pace and Food Science – specifically product development is no different. Join this session to explore current product development roles from start-ups to established food companies and how innovation in the industry is changing them.  Most importantly hear how you can stay flexible and prepare for this changing landscape.

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Key Takeaways:

  • Learn about our panelist’s roles in product development and what lead them to their current role.
  • Receive insights on innovation in the food industry and product development process in a variety of settings
  • Tips for staying flexible and prepared for the changing nature of product development


Justin Shimek

Justin is CEO and Chief Technology Officer at Mattson where he leads an extraordinary community of employee-owners on their mission: “We Invent the Future of Food, One Product at a Time." He guides Mattson’s diverse community of innovation experts, food technologists, strategists, marketers, insights professionals, and commercialization specialists. He manages a broad range of client relationships—from the largest food companies in the world to highly mission-driven startups—on projects that span every technology, category, and consumer need state in food & beverage.

Prior to joining Mattson, Justin held a number of notable product innovation and process development positions across the food industry. He directed new vegetable product development and process technology research at Del Monte Foods. At E. & J. Gallo Winery he led technology programs in the world’s largest winery to evaluate new to the world wine processes at scale. Justin began his career developing ready-to-eat breakfast cereals at General Mills, Inc., where his first job was developing novel marshmallows for Lucky Charms™. Additionally, as part of Cereal Partners Worldwide—a General Mills’ Joint Venture with Nestlé—he led the overall nutritional renovation of the product portfolio in Latin America thus boosting the global consumption of whole grain foods.

Justin earned a Ph.D. in food science from the University of California, Davis and Bachelors of Science degrees in both food science and nutrition at the University of Minnesota. His work has led to a number of patents and technical publications. 

Currently, Justin is the Chair of the University of California, Davis Department of Food Science & Technology Leadership Advisory Board and a member of the Google Innovation Lab for Food Experiences. Justin has been an active member of the Institute of Food Technologists since 1994 and served as a volunteer leader in a variety of roles, including on the IFT Board of Directors, and he is currently the Chair-Elect of the Board of Trustees for IFT’s non-profit foundation, Feeding Tomorrow.


Kirsten Hilt, Manager R&D Food Design Group, Grocery at Conagra Brands   

Kirsten earned her B.S. in Food Science from Purdue University and recently received her MBA from Creighton University. She has been part of the Food Design Group at Conagra Brands for almost 9 years, launching products across multiple platforms, working closely with sales teams as a technical liaison, and transitioning into people development. Kirsten currently leads the Shelf Stable Meals & Sides group, where her team creates new products under...

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