Meet Rachel Zemser: Food Scientist, Author and Startup Consultant

Posted on February 05, 2014 by

Rachel Zemser was one of those people I kept hearing about over the last few months. Several people I spoke with suggested I should reach out, and it felt like fate that right before I was about to reach out she had actually signed up for ReciPal.

Since then, we've brainstormed how to make nutrition analysis simpler for food startups and scientists alike, she had a great article on finding a co-packer, and we finally met in person at the Winter Fancy Food Show in San Francisco.

Rachel Zemser - Certified Culinary Scientist

We're lucky to have someone like Rachel in food community, especially since she recently published The Food Business Tool Kit For Entrepreneurs, which she created after receiving so many questions from startup food companies on topics such as:

  • First steps for launching a food product
  • Manufacturing options
  • Food safety
  • Labeling requirements
  • Ingredient sourcing
  • And many, many more

All these technical topics are well organized in an easy to read eBook, and I highly recommend reading it before and during your journey of starting a food business. I recently read through it and was impressed with the quality, depth, and breadth of the content - it's applicable to almost any food business and will lay out everything you need to know in getting started.

Aside from the book, Rachel is available as a food industry consultant. Having a B.S. and M.S. in Food Science, a Culinary Arts degree, and over a dozen years in the food industry, she's probably overqualified to help you develop a food product and get it to market, so good luck getting her to accept you as a client!


About Lev Berlin

Lev Berlin ReciPal SlantShack Author Bio

Lev Berlin is the founder & CEO of ReciPal. Having previously been a founder of SlantShack Jerky, he needed nutrition labels and simple tools to start and run the business. He's read the FDA food labeling code countless times in the process of creating ReciPal and helping small food businesses with their labels. He's reviewed and created thousands of food labels, and been a mentor and guest speaker at food incubators, food business courses, and regulatory conferences, like Brooklyn Foodworks and ICE.

After graduating from Princeton with an engineering degree, Lev was a management consultant, then founder or early employee at half a dozen startups. He loves nothing more than helping other small businesses get off the ground and achieve their goals.


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