Face-to-Face: Meet Marcia Walker November 2016

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.

 

Marcia WalkerThis month meet...

Marcia Walker, director of innovation, 915 Labs

  1. How did you get your start in the food industry?
    I was a premed major but very interested in nutrition and the impact on human health and quality of life. I went to graduate school for nutrition and it was there that I learned about food science. I loved the combination of science and creativity and took my first job in an R&D role combining processing technology with food product development to create new and unique products.

  2. What do you love about your job?
    I love the fact that I get to work on innovative and challenging projects. This also exposes me many interesting and talented people. It is very rewarding to be a part of developing new food processing technologies that can impact quality and food safety while providing less processed and cleaner label food products.

  3. What is the biggest challenge that you face in your job?
    One of my greatest challenges is trying to further the adoption of innovative processing technologies. There are many regulatory and consumer acceptance challenges to overcome.

  4. What have you learned or been exposed to in the past 12 months that has helped you in your job?
    Being involved in innovation, I am constantly researching and watching for what consumers are looking for and what technologies we will need to make more convenient, nutritious foods available. I believe that technologies like MATS and HPP will take us into the future of providing convenient, less processed, nutritious food products.

  5. How do you see the food industry evolving over the coming year?
    With consumers trending towards less processed and convenient but regulations becoming more stringent and complex, there will be a need for technologies that can deliver on both of these platforms.

  6. Fun Fact: What’s your favorite food?
    As a kid I was an extremely picky eater, now I love to travel and try new and different things. My favorite cuisine is Mexican.

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