FoodLogiQ Co-Founder Selected for IFT Leadership Role
FoodLogiQ Co-founder Andy Kennedy has been named interim director of the Institute of Food Technologists’ Global Food Traceability Center (GFTC). He will be working on a part-time basis with the organization to ensure a smooth transition for GFTC during their search for a full-time director following the departure of former director Tejas Bhatt.
Kennedy is a leading voice in the world of food traceability, sustainability and food safety, as well as a co-founder of FoodLogiQ. He also serves as a board member and chair of the Science and Technology committee of the Produce Marketing Association; has co-chaired several national and global food traceability technology standards initiatives; and led the company’s successful participation in the IFT FDA Food Traceability Pilots under FSMA.
“Since 2006, Andy has been a driving force behind FoodLogiQ’s vision to map the world’s food chain, make it as safe as possible, and empower people to make informed decisions about the food they eat,” says Dean Wiltse, CEO of FoodLogiQ. “Andy is an industry innovator who has worked with food producers on four continents and across the United States, and I have every confidence that GFTC is in good hands under his leadership.”
“I’m honored and energized by the opportunity to help usher GFTC into a new phase of change and growth,” Kennedy says. “The state of traceability is constantly evolving, and I’m happy to contribute to the conversation through collaboration with so many talented IFT members.”
Prior to co-founding FoodLogiQ in 2006, Kennedy served in various leadership positions within a medical device manufacturing company and worked as a technology consultant with Accenture and Clarkston Consulting. He lives in Durham, North Carolina and holds an MBA from Duke University and a BA in Economics from Lafayette College.