Kara Nielsen

February 21, 2017
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Kara Nielsen, Vice President, Trends & Marketing, CCD Helmsman

Kara Nielsen is Vice President, Trends & Marketing, CCD Helmsman. She is a food and beverage trend expert with over a decade of experience translating consumer and culinary trends for strategic brand growth and innovative product development. She previously worked for CCD Innovation, a strategic food and beverage innovation agency based in the San Francisco Bay Area and where she was Trendologist for many years earlier in her career.

Kara also has experience creating and sharing consumer and culinary trend content at Innova Market Insights, Sterling-Rice Group and CEB Iconoculture Consumer Insights.

Nielsen is a frequent speaker on food trends at industry trade shows and conferences and is quoted regularly in national and industry media. Her success at placing trends in a larger societal and cultural context comes from her background in culinary arts and restaurant hospitality as well as her master’s work in Gastronomy at Boston University.

About CCD Helmsman
CCD Innovation and The Helmsman Group have joined forces, combining CCD Innovation’s world-class culinary development—driven by strategic vision, trend insights and the creativity of its Chefs’ Council®—with The Helmsman Group’s vast expertise in commercialization, scale-up and getting finished products to market quickly.

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