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Wendy Reinhardt Kapsak

President and CEO
Produce for Better Health (PBH) Foundation

Wendy Reinhardt Kapsak, MS, RDN, is the President and CEO of the Produce for Better Health (PBH) Foundation. At PBH, she guides the Foundation’s efforts to work with more than 500 industry and government partners to advance the overall effort of increasing fruit and vegetable consumption through all produce forms – fresh, frozen, canned, dried and 100% juice.

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Bob Karisny

Bob KarisnyVice President, Menu Strategy and Innovation
Taco John’s International

Bob Karisny has been in the foodservice industry for more than three decades. A graduate of the Culinary Institute of America, Karisny has honed his profession from line cook to vice president.

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Susan Renke

Promotion Director
Pacific Northwest Canned Pear Service

Susan Renke is the Promotion Director for the Pacific Northwest Canned Pear Service representing the growers and processors of USA Canned Pears. Susan is a foodservice industry marketing veteran who has built her career working with a variety of food and agriculture organizations, including commodity boards, branded companies, agencies, and trade associations. Susan’s specialty is foodservice business development and marketing programs aimed at increasing sales and brand equity.

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Kevin Ryan

Kevin L. RyanCEO/Executive Director
International Corporate Chefs Association and The Global Culinary Innovators Association

Kevin L. Ryan is the current CEO/Executive Director of the International Corporate Chefs Association and The Global Culinary Innovators Association plus is the founder and president of MARKETING A LA CARTE.  MARKETING A LA CARTE is a Marketing and Public Relations firm specializing in the foodservice industry and exclusively representing the culinary profession and foodservice associations for more than 25 years.

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Ernst van Eeghen

Vice President of Business Development, Church Brothers

Ernst van Eeghen is vice president of business development for Church Brothers and has been active in the produce industry for 13 years. He moved from The Netherlands to the United States in 2000 and started his career as a product marketer at Monterey Gourmet foods.

In 2004 Joe Nucci convinced Ernst to move into the produce industry as marketing manager at Mann Packing Co. During this time Mann Packing introduced several successful new products including Snacks on the Go, Steam Vegetables & Sauce items and Fresh-cut Sweet Potatoes.

In 2007 Ernst was asked to join Church Brothers/True Leaf Farms that had just purchased a large processing facility in San Juan Bautista. During Ernst’s first 7-year spell at the company he was vice president of marketing and product development and successfully introduced a full line of value-added vegetables that included fresh cut lettuce, coleslaw, florets and whole leaves. Additionally Church Brothers Farms introduced industry-changing items such as Teen Green Sandwich Leaves, Euro Romaine Lettuce Cups, Red Heirloom Spinach and Wasabi Arugula.

In 2014 Ernst left Church Brothers and moved his family to Texas to be closer to his in-laws in Oklahoma & Texas. Ernst spent a year at Twang Partners, an innovative flavorings manufacturer operating in retail, convenience and B2B channels. During his stay in Texas, Ernst’s team was responsible for successfully launching a new line of Café Zuca coffee flavorings and an innovative line of produce seasonings under the Zas! brand. When returning to the Central Coast in California, Ernst joined Germains Seed Technology as head of sales and marketing. Germains is an industry leader developing proprietary and innovative seed treatments for the horticulture markets across North America.

In July of this year Ernst was approached to return to Church Brothers Farms at the time when Brian Church was its appointed chief executive. Ernst has a strong passion for innovation and his expertise is heavily focused, but not limited, to fresh produce innovation in foodservice and retail channels. Ernst travels the world to search for and ‘borrow’ ideas from abroad.


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