Trends and Innovations



Chris DuBois

Senior Vice President
Protein Practice Leader

As senior vice president for IRI's Protein Practice, Chris DuBois leads a portfolio of larger protein-focused clients and his clients consider him a trusted advisor to help drive growth. He also manages IRI's engagement with FMI and a variety of other industry associations focused on fresh foods. Throughout the year, he presents frequently on industry-changing trends at conferences and webinars and is frequently quoted in the media.

Julia Thompson

Culinologist III

Julia Thompson is a Culinologist® III at CuliNex, a food product development consultancy that has pioneered innovation and development in the clean label and plant-based food category. She plays an integral role on the product development team with her broad experience from ideation to production, food safety programs and compliance, packaging redesign and functionality. At CuliNex, she has a strong focus on plant-based meat analogs. She graduated from the University of Massachusetts Amherst with a BS in Food Science and Technology.

About CuliNex
CuliNex is the industry's premier consulting firm providing product development and strategic business services with a focus on clean label food products. As a pioneer in clean label product development, CuliNex assists companies of all sizes in achieving their growth goals through the development and implementation of product-driven strategies. Founded in 2005, CuliNex is a complete food development partner, offering an array of services to assist clients in innovation, from breakthrough concepts to commercialization. Our team has more than 100 years of combined experience working on a broad range of projects and partnering with clients of every size, from emerging brands to multibillion-dollar CPG companies. Its approach to each project is thoughtfully crafted, comprehensive and custom-designed for our clients. To learn more about the innovations and services provided by CuliNex for our growing list of food clients, visit

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