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Food Innovation and Nutrition

Agriculture Seminar Series - Professor Neal Hooker, Ohio State University

Date/Time: Friday 23 November 2018, 15:00 - 16:00

Venue: Agriculture Building, Room 3.05


The food supply is dynamic making dietary surveillance challenging. As examples of how to address this food innovation trends for three product categories in the USA are highlighted.

The recent growth of Greek-style yogurts has the potential to alter the nutritional contribution of this important dairy category. Similarly, fibre intake from breakfast cereal and bread can support improved diets.

An approach to integrate market supply information into national nutrition surveillance data is proposed to better reflect such trends.

This study uses product-level nutrition data in 2005-12 Global New Product Database (GNPD) integrated with nationally representative consumption patterns from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES 2005-12) and used to simulate the potential impact of food innovation.

Two-year cycles of the general population and key sub-groups were used to characterize the dynamic and disaggregated process.


Dr. Neal Hooker is Professor of Food Policy in the John Glenn College of Public Affairs, The Ohio State University. His research explores public policy, marketing and management issues within global food supply chains.

He is particularly interested in how food safety, nutrition and sustainability attributes are communicated, controlled, and (where appropriate) certified.

These issues require special attention when considering public health and international trade impacts of different types and sizes of firms and farms and the responses of customers, consumers and stakeholders.

He received a Ph.D. from the University of Massachusetts, a MA from the University of British Columbia (Canada) and a BA (Hons.) from Essex University (UK).

Dr. Hooker has also worked at Saint Joseph’s University as the CJ McNutt Professor of Food Marketing, as a visiting professor at the Food Policy Institute, Rutgers University, at Colorado State University, and Texas A&M University.

He has published more than 70 journal articles and book chapters on the economics and marketing of food quality, product recalls, international food trade and the demand for and supply of sustainable and functional food and drink.