Speaker Details

Bruce Perkin

Bruce Perkin

Principal Scientist
Robust Food Solutions

Session: New Product Development - Why is Teaching This Subject so Challenging?

Bruce is the principal scientist and operator of Robust Food Solutions LLC, a food science-based consultancy providing strategic advice and hands on support to food businesses in the areas of quality systems and food safety, innovation strategy, product development, and organizational design.

Across 2016, Bruce was the Chief Strategy Officer for Actionable Quality Assurance (AQA) where he led the design and commercialization of software specifically designed for restaurant companies to enable their Quality Assurance and Food Safety processes to be more efficient and effective.

Prior to joining AQA, Bruce was the Chief Research and Development Officer at Pizza Hut, a division of Yum! Brands, where he led the Innovation, Quality, Food Safety and Engineering teams, and was also a Board member of the Purchasing Co-Op.

Bruce has also served in various innovation and leadership roles with Master Foods, a division of Mars, in Australia, and in Innovation and QA management roles at HJ Heinz (Australia).

Bruce is a Certified Food Scientist, a Certified HACCP practitioner, and is a Certified Manager of Quality and Organizational Excellence through the American Society for Quality. He is also a Preventative Controls Qualified Individual under the FSMA regulations. He has completed Food Defense training through the FDA and the FSPCA. Bruce is a past Chairperson of the Dallas /Fort Worth chapter of IFT, and is currently Chair of the Food Service Division of IFT. In addition, Bruce is a part time Adjunct Professor at Texas Womens University teaching NPD, Food Science and Food Safety to Culinology students.

Bruce earned his B.Sc. from the University of Melbourne, undertaking a triple major in Pharmacology, Biochemistry, and organic chemistry, and subsequently completed a Post Graduate Diploma of Clinical Nutrition.

Married with 3 children, and one grandchild, Bruce likes to explore the world, experiencing different cuisines and cooking techniques, and is on a quest to be able to optimize the bean roasting and extracting conditions to make the best espresso possible.