Episode 8: The Future of Food Manufacturing with Jennifer Kaplan

We certainly won't forget the empty shelves in grocery stores at the beginning of the pandemic. And that is a visual nod to the impact that the food manufacturing industry felt when the sudden demand grew with vigor. This week on You Should Know This, I sit down with food writer and instructor at the Culinary Institute of America to discuss not only the details of the impact of Covid-19 on the market but also looking at future trends including synthetic meats and domestic sourcing.


Clara Mouawad

Clara is the Content Specialist at BCC Research, where she spends her time writing blogs and white papers, designing graphics and thinking up ways BCC can take over the world...like with a podcast.

A world traveler (less so during COVID19, of course), marketing whiz and always thirsty for knowledge, Clara finds innovators in a variety of fields and asks the question that our listeners want to know: How will this industry, technology or company shape how we live and work in the future?

Episode Timeline

  • [00:30]Introducing the world of food manufacturing
  • [01:23]Jennifer's work in food manufacturing
  • [03:16]What food manufacturing entails
  • [04:44]The impact of Covid-19 on the food manufacturing industry
  • [07:59]Consumer behavior response to Covid-19
  • [10:07]Opportunities that have popped up during the pandemic
  • [12:15]A shift in supply chain and what that will look like post-pandemic
  • [14:20]On synthetic (cultured) meat
  • [16:22]Trends that are popping up within the industry
  • [18:58]Advice for someone just entering the market