Joseph M. Light


Joe Light is a career veteran at finding and developing innovative food ingredients and solving complex food formulation problems. With more than 35 years of experience, he has helped teams develop hundreds of innovative solutions that have been launched on the market. He has served on multiple technology steering teams with industry partners and built an extensive global network. A noted expert on food texture, he understands how to solve texture and sweet taste challenges and how to deliver a consumer-preferred product.

As the founder of Food Loving Ventures, LLC, Joe advises food tech start-ups as they seek to commercialize their technologies. He is the retired vice president of global development, ingredient technology, and co-creation at Ingredion, where he built and leveraged food formulation capabilities across an extensive global laboratory network.

A proud supporter of his alma mater, Penn State University, Joe received a 2020 College of Agricultural Sciences Outstanding Alumni Award. He is a member of the State Theatre New Jersey President’s Council and the Diversity & Inclusion Committee and supports several local charities.

IFT Highlights

Joe is active with IFT’s Feeding Tomorrow Fund, Seeding The Future Global Food System Challenge, and IFT’s BRGs, and previously served on the IFT NEXT Think Tank and the Annual Meeting Scientific Program Task Force.


BS in food science and chemistry education from Penn State University

Studied for his MS in food science at Rutgers University