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Kim is a partner at Ketchum and directs the Food & Beverage Practice in North America. She loves all things food – from the farms it is grown or raised on to her favorite spot, her kitchen. She has helped food producers and food makers tell their stories for a better part of her 25-year career. She really should have been a scientist, and is grateful to food for filling her scientific curiosity – biology, sociology, political science, food technology, behavioral science, economics, oh my!

What Was Trending in FMCG at Natural Products Expo West 2018

by Kim Essex | March 16, 2018

Our feet are screaming after covering more than one million square feet and 3,500+ exhibitors of natural food and lifestyle products at the Natural Products Expo West in Anaheim, Calif., March 7 – 11. But we lived to tell a few stories. Here’s what our Wellness and Cultivate teams collected along the way.

Serving up Food, Visually

by Kim Essex | January 11, 2017

Smart food marketers have always known we eat with our eyes first. And nothing sabotages food marketing more than bad photography or low-quality video. Food shot poorly can flat-out ruin your appetite. I’ve always been particularly proud of the visual work Ketchum does in food. The food we have photographed and filmed in our Food […]

Reflections on Women’s Leadership

by Kim Essex | October 14, 2015

In its fourth year, the Women in Agribusiness Summit draws women who have “shattered the ceiling” or plan to be knocking on it in the not too distant future.  Barri Rafferty, Ketchum Senior Partner and CEO North America, joined me this year for the Summit in Minneapolis and presented her unique and compelling perspective on what it […]

Knowing Your ABCs on GMOs

by Kim Essex | January 16, 2014

What may have one time sounded like an obscure term plucked out of a scientific journal, genetically modified organisms –  also known as GMOs or biotech crops – has is a prominent topic in the mainstream media and in the halls of food companies. Discussion has focused on state initiatives that would require labeling food […]