Face-to-Face: Meet Anne Goldman
Ever wonder if anyone else is facing the same professional challenges as you? Or just looking to connect with some new people in your field? In IFT's Face-to-Face series, we will be introducing you to a different IFT member every month with a fun, insightful Q&A session.
This month meet...
Anne Goldman, Vice President of Consumer Research, ACCE International.
- How did you get your start in the food industry?
My mother was a home-science teacher who supervised my early product development experiments and also encouraged me to study dietetics. However, I changed my major to food science after I decided that a career in the food industry was more suited to me than a hospital environment. I graduated in the second output of the newly created Masters in Food Science at Leeds University at a time when the U.K. food industry had at least four jobs for each new graduate.
My first job was with Bovril after which I moved to New Zealand where I worked at the NZ Dairy Research Institute (now Fonterra Research) and Massey University, and subsequently after moving to Canada the University of Guelph. My career in the food industry and academia equipped me for my final assignment as a founding principal of ACCE International, a provider of consumer guidance research to global and local food industry clients. The company was formed to fulfil a gap that existed in market research services at that time which was to provide product research insights that satisfied the needs of both marketing and technical groups.
- What do you love about your job?
I have always worked in some aspect of food product development and enjoyed being part of the process of developing a product to achieve success in the marketplace. Today, I have the privilege of overseeing research for many different product categories for our clients, as well as working alongside exceptional consumer packaged goods business teams.
- What is the biggest challenge that you face in your job?
Mentoring the next generation of marketers, sensory scientists, and consumer researchers to ensure the future growth and prosperity of ACCE International as well as our discipline.
- What have you learned or been exposed to in the past 12 months that has helped you in your job?
Our company ACCE International celebrated its 25th anniversary this year, which is a very satisfying achievement for me as a founding principal and for all of our staff who have contributed to the success of our organization. In 2010, I was elected to the Governing Council of IUFoST and as a result I have experienced firsthand the activities and enthusiasm of other food science organizations around the world. Most recently, I spoke at the Philippine Association of Food Technologists’ 50th annual convention in Manila.
- How do you see the food industry evolving over the coming year?
There are many challenges—rising food costs, retailer demands, retaining customer loyalty, and above all trying to make every new launch a success. From my point of view as researchers working with product developers and marketers we have a much better understanding today of the research methods that can help food companies to make informed decisions about their products.
- Fun Fact: What’s your favorite food?
Whittaker’s 62% Cocoa Dark Almond Chocolate from New Zealand
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