WCR Guest Podcaster, Stephanie Hansen, interviews Drew Calvert, Vice President of Innovation, Niman Ranch at the 2019 National Conference.
Drew shares a glimpse of the meat and farming industries, typically male dominated, and Niman Ranch’s 50% female leadership being a catalyst for interest in supporting women in the industry.
Niman Ranch Women in Food Scholarship Announcement
Additionally, Drew announces the new Women in Food Scholarship that will provide one rural America young woman with a $5,000 scholarship and mentorship support from WCR- Women Chefs & Restaurateurs and the James Beard Foundation, the two organizational co-sponsors of the scholarship.
Niman Ranch Mission
Niman Ranch and its network of U.S. family farmers and ranchers raise livestock, humanely and sustainably to deliver the finest tasting meat in the world.
Niman Ranch works with one of the largest networks of small, independent U.S. family farmers and ranchers – over 720 and growing.
All Niman Ranch animals are raised outdoors or in deeply bedded pens. We lead the industry in sustainable and humane agricultural practices.
Niman Ranch raising protocols were developed with the help of animal welfare expert Dr. Temple Grandin, and are the strictest in the industry.
Drew Calvert, VP of Innovation
Drew Calvert received her Bachelor’s Degree in Sociology from the University of Texas – Austin, close to where she grew up. She started her career with Pricewaterhouse, in San Francisco, but a love of food lead her to change careers and attend culinary school.
Since making that decision 20 years ago, Drew has touched many aspects of marketing and communications within the food industry. She worked with PBS chef Martin Yan and was involved with two television series as a culinary producer, developing restaurant concepts, testing recipes for cookbooks and planning events. She has held marketing positions at Whole Foods Market, a leadership role as Account Supervisor at the natural foods PR firm Fresh Ideas Group and worked in sales for the wine industry. Through all these experiences, Drew brings comprehensive expertise of retail and food service marketing and culinary expertise to the Niman Ranch team where she develops new and emerging channels for brand growth