I'm a champion for the human centred future of food. I speak about it, write about it and share my insights about it with organisations in the food sector looking to build future resilience by maintaining consumer relevance.
Creating strong and meaningful connections with consumers is critical as the business and provenance of food is undergoing rapid change. Increasing consumer expectations linked to the way food is grown, produced and consumed continue to put increasing pressure on companies to innovate, engage and demonstrate greater responsibility and integrity.
While the producers of many of the products that once were the backbone of consumer’s kitchen pantries are experiencing a deceleration in profit and growth, brands that are more closely connected to, and reflective of, consumers changing values are growing on average at 10 times the rate.
These changing values are closely reflective of the long held connection humans have with their food and it’s at this interface that the greatest opportunity exists for brands looking to build future resilience and maintain consumer relevance. I work with businesses and organisations in the food sector looking to leverage these opportunities.
As Founding Director of Food & Nutrition Australia, I have 25 years experience working with global and local food businesses and coaching individuals to adopt dietary changes. I understand the environment in which food businesses operate and have a grass roots understanding of the influences behind consumers food purchasing decisions and how to communicate in a way that motivates for change.
I passionately believe food is more than it's physical attributes and that elevating the role of food as a facilitator of human connection, social wellbeing and as a contributor to good health for both people and the planet, is an effective pathway to a better future.
My new book Food for a Better Future - a new direction for the global business of food, outlines my thoughts on the three essential ingredients i believe food businesses will need to build trust, maintain relevance and accelerate business growth in the years ahead. For further details go here.
My keynote presentation: Food Businesses as Leaders of Change - building resilience in times of disruption, outlines a vision for food, a way forward and a platform for long term, sustainable business growth. For further details go here.
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Sharon and her team have been instrumental in providing the guidance and expert advice we have needed over the past decade to change perceptions about eggs and to put them firmly back on the plates of Australian consumers.
David Mogford, Marketing Manager, Australian Eggs
Over the last 5 years we have been reviewing our healthy bread range & how it best fits our customer needs. Sharon has been a vital part of this process working with Bakers Delight to determine how each loaf benefits different customer segments & recommending how to address & close the gaps that existed. On top of this, Sharon has been a real partner who is proactive in sharing information she comes across that could benefit us. I would recommend Sharon for anyone looking for knowledge & business solutions around the healthy eating space.
Lisa Hay, Range Innovations Manager, Bakers Delight
I approached Sharon when the Jamaica Blue Brand was undergoing a redevelopment of their healthier food offering. Sharon helped us by creating specific criteria which delivered recipes that were both nutritiously beneficial and within a specified kJ range. Sharon was able to deliver this criteria whilst still keeping true to the Jamaica Blue food philosophy with achievable criteria within the QSR space. The result was a new contemporary product range available to Jamaica Blue franchise partners and their customers which encouraged healthy and clean eating across Australia. I found it comforting to know that Jamaica Blue had the expertise involved in creating this range to assure the Brand is in line with current trends and meeting healthy eating guidelines.
I would recommend Sharon & the team at Food & Nutrition Australia to those who require nutrition expertise & support to develop clear criteria to guide food development while complementing brand values.
Danika Heslop, Food Manager - Jamaica Blue