Dr. Marcia Schurer
Dr. Marcia Schurer is president and founder of Culinary Connections®, an international food consulting and training company providing services to retailers, manufacturers, foodservice operators, investment firms and entrepreneurs. She is also one of the innovators of retail fresh prepared foods/foodservice and meal solutions in the United States. For more than 30 years, she has forecasted and tracked the major trends in the food industry and successfully adapted those trends to meet the needs of her clients and their customers. As a recognized leader in the convenient, fresh prepared foods and meal solutions arena, notably healthy, nutritional, natural, organic, allergen-free, plant-based, artisanal, specialty and ethnic, Dr. Schurer has evaluated, developed, launched and marketed a wide range of food products, meal solutions, operations, and programs in the marketplace. She has been particularly valued for her ability to identify and develop innovative and unique business opportunities, niche consumer markets, successful strategies and solutions, and strategic alliances and partnerships for her clients. She also knows firsthand the demands and challenges facing food retailers today, especially convenience store retailers, in a fiercely competitive, constantly changing and disruptive marketplace and how to overcome those barriers.
Dr. Schurer holds a Doctorate in Education and Media Technology from Boston University, a Master’s Degree in Professional Studies from Cornell University’s School of Hotel Administration, a Bachelor of Science Degree in Human Development, Nutrition, and Education from Pennsylvania State University and a Certificat Avancé from La Varenne École de Cuisine cooking school in Paris.