The National Food Lab Team
Director and Practice Lead, Product and Process Development
Ed Collins is the Director of Product and Process Development for the National Food Lab, Inc. (NFL). Since joining the NFL as part of the International Food Network 15 years ago, Ed has works with clients to design studies and develop products across foods, beverages, supplements, ingredient technology, and process development.
This includes studies working closely with the consumer research team to understand consumer perception of new products and concepts to help focus development. Ed is responsible for Business Development across the three product and process development sites of Ithaca, NY, Lafayette, CO, and Naples Fl.
Previously, Ed led new product and process development activities for Ingredion’s instant starch products, helping grow the division by 40% over 5 years by working directly with clients to identify performance requirements and developing new products to fit them. He began his career working on sugar reduction with General Foods and moved to strategic research, evaluating new process technologies for products in the Kraft General Foods portfolio.