FoodEssentials Promotes Ronak Sheth to Chief Product Officer

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FoodEssentials Continues Rapid Growth. Announces new Chief Product Officer.

We’re going to have a lot of very exciting partnership announcements to make this year, and one of my core roles will be to shepherd those through. - Ronak Sheth

FoodEssentials, the fastest growing grocery product data solution provider, is excited to announce the promotion of Ronak Sheth to Chief Product Officer. Ronak started with FoodEssentials in late 2012 as VP of Product as they began their first stage of expansion. The hiring of Sheth at that time represented the first FoodEssentials executive addition outside of the founding team, and one that has been proven to be fruitful for all.

“We had just arrived in Saint Louis and really needed our first major hire to be someone that complimented the founding team. It was a very important hire for us,” states Anton Xavier, CEO of FoodEssentials in reference to their early expansion challenges. Sheth fit the bill having completed his BS in Industrial Engineering & Management Sciences at Northwestern University, and an MBA at Washington University. In addition, Sheth had several years startup experience in Chicago with Informance (acquired by Epicor) where he picked up his product, software, and technology skills. For the last few years, Ronak has been a consultant in the retailer and food manufacturing industry. “Ronak was the perfect candidate for our team, and most importantly he has proven to fit our specific culture,” Xavier surmises.

It was more Sheth’s core values, however, that have led to his success within FoodEssentials and his consequential promotion to a senior executive role. “We highly value motivated, analytical, radically lean professionals, and Ronak represents all of these things.” Dagan Xavier, Director of Content & Culture says. “His success with us is a testament to his ability to take the best from his experience and mold it to our company culture. We do things a certain way and you have to master that to be successful with us. It’s not for everyone,” Xavier states regarding the specific professional expectations at FoodEssentials.

In his new role as CPO Sheth will continue to lead product development but will take on a more senior role in business development, strategy, and sales. The focus for FoodEssentials in 2014 is to continue their trajectory towards becoming the industry standard for food product data solutions. They presently deliver their solutions to the FDA, retailers, and food manufacturers, which Sheth will continue to lead throughout 2014. “We’re going to have a lot of very exciting partnership announcements to make this year, and one of my core roles will be to shepherd those through,” Ronak states in reference to the continued momentum of FoodEssentials. “It’s going to be another very busy year, but the intensity and success is why I wanted to be involved in this startup,” he concludes.

FoodEssentials is a young and vibrant company creating cutting edge data and technologies that collect, extract, and deliver food product data to consumers, manufacturers, retailers, and the government. FoodEssentials possesses the most accurate and up-to-date food product data in the industry and their core Key Message technology can power deep analysis and unique insight. The FoodEssentials team includes a fine balance of product knowledge, technological expertise, and creativity. They are headquartered in St. Louis, Missouri and have personnel based in Australia, and Europe. FoodEssentials is a diverse and dynamic company with a vision to making a difference in how people choose their food.

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