IFT SciDish Podcast


Where do businesses start when they want to develop a new product and how do you know this product will be a hit with consumers? This episode dives into the difficulties that occur at the beginning of product development, and how important it is for consumers to connect with a product to transform a hip fad to a lasting trend. Our guest, Amy Shipley shares her insights on how to get past the difficult beginnings of product development.


Amy Shipley

Amy Shipley

Amy Shipley, Managing Director and Partner, Sterling-Rice Group

Amy Shipley

Amy Shipley

Amy Shipley, Managing Director and Partner, Sterling-Rice Group

With nearly 30 years’ experience, Amy is a global food marketing and innovation specialist with a flair and passion for developing dynamic, one-of-a-kind integrated communication programs and culinary experiences for some of the nation’s most prestigious brands, restaurant chains and U.S. commodities.  She joined SRG in 2015 as a Managing Director to help further develop their extensive B2C and B2B food practice. Her relationships in the close-knit food community run deep, including media, agricultural and culinary thought leaders, chefs, food scientists and retailers.



IFT Sci Dish Host

Bruce Perkin

Bruce Perkin

Principal Scientist, Robust Food Solutions LLC

IFT Sci Dish Host

Bruce Perkin

Bruce Perkin

Principal Scientist, Robust Food Solutions LLC

Bruce Perkin is the principal scientist and operator of Robust Food Solutions LLC, a food science-based consultancy that has operated since 2017, providing strategic advice and hands on support to food businesses in the areas of quality systems and food safety, innovation, product development, and organizational design.

Bruce is a Certified Food Scientist, a Certified HACCP practitioner, and is a Certified Manager of Quality and Organizational Excellence through the American Society for Quality. He is also a Preventative Controls Qualified Individual under the FSMA regulations. He has completed Food Defense training through the FDA and the FSPCA. Bruce is a past Chairperson of the Dallas /Fort Worth chapter of IFT, and also a past Chair of the Food Service Division of IFT. In addition, Bruce is a part time Adjunct Professor at Texas Womens’ University teaching NPD, Food Science and Food Safety to Culinology students.