MISTA Testimonials

Tony DeLio, Senior Vice President, Corporate Strategy and Chief Innovation Officer at Ingredion

“The food industry is changing at an accelerated pace, which brings tremendous opportunities for companies with a technology mindset to drive innovation and growth.  The future is about collaboration and we look forward to actively engaging with food companies wherever they are in their stage of growth to help meet changing consumer preferences and market trends.  We’re excited to add our expertise in the ingredients space with the capabilities from other leading food companies to pioneer new levels of product innovation with MISTA.”

Scott May, VP Innovation at Givaudan, Head of MISTA

“Today’s food systems are so complex, and the challenges so large that no single company can address them alone – and that’s why I am so excited about MISTA. We have developed entirely new ways of approaching challenges and opportunities and of bringing new ideas to life, for start-ups as well as established businesses, connecting food innovators large and small.”

George Graham, Vice President at Mars Advanced Research Institute

“Collaboration is at the heart of our innovation approach. As one of MISTA’s Founding Members, we are looking forward to partnering with the best and brightest to address some of the food system challenges of our time”.

Justin Kolbeck, CEO and Co-Founder of Wild Type

“As a place for emerging food companies to exchange ideas about the future of food, MISTA promises to become San Francisco’s newest food hub. The team at Wild Type is delighted to be part of MISTA’s inaugural membership cohort and to learn from food companies, both large and small.”

Takoua Debeche, EVP Research & Innovation at Danone North America

“Food companies continue to be disrupted at a fast pace with accelerated innovations and changes in the marketplace. To adapt and stay relevant for its current and future consumers, Danone has made growth a priority and is exploring new ways to innovate, alongside with building an agile and creative culture across functions. In such a model, connecting with our communities is a must. The Bay Area is without doubt one of the richest ecosystems for food and food tech start-ups and we see MISTA as an important outpost for us to connect with a broad community of entrepreneurs, and have the ability to test, learn and iterate around new consumer-centric opportunities. We share the same vision as MISTA and we are looking forward to collaborating with innovative partners and start-ups to contribute to the creation of the food systems of the future: healthier for the people and better for the planet.”