Mindful Food is the creation of Jan Wiley Matsuno, who has always loved making and eating food. After studying food science, she enjoyed the resultant edible chemistry experiments so much, she has never wanted to stop.
She is a member of the “inaugural class” of Certified Food Scientists sanctioned by the Institute of Food Technologists. The CFS designation recognizes global food professionals who possess the specialized and applied scientific knowledge to address the technical challenges of safe food production.
In addition, Jan has a lifetime of product development experience in the Food and Beverage Industry, including 8 years with retail private label products, 13 years serving overseas markets, and 11 years consulting for Fortune 500 food companies. She has traveled extensively to over 50 food plants in North and South America, Asia and Europe.
Prior to founding Mindful Food, she held product development positions at Del Monte Foods, Safeway, Inc., and CCD Innovation.
At Del Monte, she formulated and commercialized 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. As Director of Commercialization at CCD Innovation, she managed scale up of products for the world’s largest food companies.
Jan is a proud graduate of Oregon State University with highest honors in Food Science and Technology. She 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.