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Joseph Light

Joseph Light is a career veteran at finding and developing innovative food ingredients and solving complex food formulation problems. With more than 30 years of experience, Light’s leadership has helped teams develop hundreds of innovative and patented ingredients, systems, and new food products for all regions of the world. He has served on technology steering teams with multiple industry partners and built an extensive ecosystem within the food industry globally. Having led a global network of food innovation laboratories, Light knows how to build and leverage capabilities in food formulation, CULINOLOGY®, sensory, and texture measurement. A noted expert on food texture (Food Texture Design and Optimization), he has an understanding of how to solve texture and sweet taste challenges and how to deliver a consumer preferred product.

Joe is currently the President and Founder of Food Loving Ventures, LLC, which is focused on finding and developing new food ingredients and foods and helping everyone love food more. He is advising multiple start-ups in the commercialization of their technologies. Light is currently active with the IFT and on the Board of Trustees of the IFT Charitable Foundation, Feeding Tomorrow. He is a graduate of Penn State University with simultaneous BS degrees in Food Science and Chemistry Education. He also studied for his MS in Food Science at Rutgers University. He is a 2020 outstanding alumus award winner for the Penn State College of Agricultural Sciences and is a member of the Penn State Food Industry Group.

Joe is the retired VP of Global Development/Ingredient Technology at Ingredion Incorporated, a global leader in food ingredients.

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