Karen Duester

Karen founded Food Consulting Company in 1993 to deliver nutrition analysis and food label guidance, ensuring compliance with FDA and other government regulations. During her 28 years of leadership, she grew the company to become the largest outsource provider in the food labeling industry. Karen counseled clients from start-ups to Fortune 500s, created the highly respected e-newsletter Food Label News, built the Food Label Community and trained and mentored thousands of food labelers helping to shape the understanding of so many facets of food labeling and regulatory compliance. In her role as founder, Karen continues to provide strategic counsel for Food Consulting Company and its clients.

Karen earned a bachelor's degree in Food and Nutrition from the University of Nebraska, a master's degree in Human Nutrition from Texas Woman's University, and completed a 16 month coordinated dietetic internship at Houston V.A. Medical Center on her way to becoming a Registered Dietitian. She has worked at a camp for diabetic children, as a hospital clinical dietitian, and as a clinical nutrition manager. Karen was formerly Vice President of Health Care for Practorcare, Inc., a leading supplier of computer systems and services for nutrition and food service management.