Arcadia Biosciences, Inc., an agricultural food ingredient company, announced today that Albert D. Bolles, Ph.D., a leading consumer food industry executive, has joined its board of directors.
Bolles is the former executive vice president, chief technology and operations officer of ConAgra Foods, where he led a technical organization including research, quality, innovation, and supply chain functions with over 10,000 employees and 100 manufacturing facilities. In his time with ConAgra, Bolles directed the development and execution of multiple product innovations and a multi-year pipeline to sustain and advance growth and, prior to joining ConAgra, he served as vice president, worldwide R&D for PepsiCo Beverages and Foods, and R&D director for Gerber Foods.
As an active partner with the Food and Drug Administration and U.S. Department of Agriculture to influence public policy, Bolles was instrumental in the passage of the Food Safety Modernization Act of 2010. Bolles is a graduate of Michigan State University where he earned Ph.D. and M.S. degrees in food science, and a bachelors’ degree in microbiology. He holds several patents and has won numerous awards for his contributions to food science, the industry and academics.
“Al is a visionary leader in the industry with proven success in global product innovation, R&D and corporate strategy,” says Kevin Comcowich, chair of Arcadia’s board of directors. “He will be instrumental in helping Arcadia build the commercial capabilities and industry relationships needed to launch its value-added food ingredients portfolio.”
“Arcadia has a robust pipeline of innovations in its non-GM wheat platform and other nutritional products that fit consumer needs in health and wellness,” says Bolles. “Their GoodWheat family of products has tremendous promise in the global marketplace, and I’m excited to join the board and leverage my experience and industry relationships to maximize its potential.”