Mindful Food

Food for the future and the future of food

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Mindful Food is the creation of Jan Wiley Matsuno, who has always loved food and learned about interconnectedness wandering in the woods as a child.  She later studied food science, enjoying the resultant edible chemistry experiments.

Jan has over 25 years product development experience in the Food and Beverage Industry, including 8 years with retail private label products and 13 years serving overseas markets.  She has traveled extensively to over 40 food plants in North and South America, Asia and Europe.

Prior to founding Mindful Food, she held product development positions at Del Monte Foods and Safeway, Inc.  At Del Monte, she formulated and commercialized over 50 successful new products for the US and 12 other countries.  As Director of Product Development for Safeway Corporate Brands, she directed the development of over 2000 private label products, ensured regulatory compliance of all labels, established brand criteria and developed strategy to address current food trends.

Jan has taught Food Science as San Jose State University and is a 2008-2009 Participant in the Entrepreneur Mentoring Program, an Inc. magazine–William J. Clinton Foundation Partnership.  She is currently Director of Commercialization Services at the Center for Culinary Development in San Francisco, CA.

She holds a BS with highest honors in Food Science and Technology from Oregon State University and has studied Japanese and Spanish languages for many years.  She is a certified GMA-SAFE Auditor and professional member of the Institute of Food Technologists.  When not working, you may find her enjoying authentic Japanese cuisine prepared by her husband, raising urban chickens or digging in the garden with her three children.

"Thanks to impermanence, everything is possible."

 -Thich Nhat Hanh 

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