Blount Fine Foods, a manufacturer of premium, handcrafted soups, entrées, and side dishes for retail and foodservice, and a market leader in fresh retail soups, announced Robin Leatherwood has been promoted to Director of Technical Services, a role that provides regulatory, food safety and labeling support to the company’s culinary and R&D functions. She had been manager of technical services. 
“A rising star in the industry, Robin Leatherwood is perhaps Blount’s most important advocate for clean labels and consumer transparency,” said William Bigelow, Blount’s chief innovation officer, and Leatherwood’s direct supervisor. “During Robin’s seven year tenure here at Blount, she has led the way in first establishing and then expanding what is today a robust and valuable technical services function within our culinary and R&D teams.”
Under Leatherwood’s leadership, Blount’s Technical Services team is responsible for the scientific portion of the research and development process, providing information and insight needed to effectively and accurately design and label products for food safety and regulatory compliance. Her team is also responsible for the scientific portion of the research and development process.
Leatherwood also works closely with Blount’s sales and marketing teams to support the company’s customers’ needs throughout the sales and product lifecycle management processes. She will continue to oversee these areas, and will add responsibility for also leading Blount’s packaging innovation and new product commercialization process.
Leatherwood holds a Bachelor of Science degree in food science & industry from Kansas State University. She also studied culinary arts at Johnson & Wales University, in Providence, RI and earned an Associate’s Degree in Engineering prior to that. She has been the recipient of recent industry and company recognition, having been named to Progressive Grocer magazine’s 2018 list of “Top Women In Grocery,” and earning Blount’s 2017 “Clearly Innovative” award.