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FoodEssentials Levels-Up Technology Team With Data Veteran.

September 17, 2013 • Arch Grant News



FoodEssentials Levels-Up Technology Team With Data Veteran.


FoodEssentials-logo-WEBST LOUIS, MO – September 13, 2013 – Working with vast amounts of quality dependent data requires process driven decision making and attention to detail. Most importantly it requires an excellent technology team and a great management team. FoodEssentials is now proud to announce the signing of data and technology veteran John Leighton as VP of Engineering.


John comes to FoodEssentials from Appistry, another great St Louis startup leading in the big data arena and brings considerable experience and leadership in IT management, software deployment, quality assurance, and customer technical support.


“We highly value diversity and excellence at FoodEssentials and John adds both those things to the team,” states Dheeraj Patri, COO of FoodEssentials. “We did our best to convince him that the life of a startup was unrelenting but John has no fear. We’re delighted to have someone of his caliber on the team”.


John has a successful track record building teams of the best and brightest and his mandate at FoodEssentials will be to do the same as they strive to assemble a team that can tame the challenges that lie ahead in their future. FoodEssentials is dreaming big and aims to leverage data to fundamentally change the way people choose food. “We believe that having immediate access to the right data at the point of decision making will help shoppers make better educated decisions,” states Dagan Xavier, co-founder and head of data for FoodEssentials. “Our mission is to make that a reality. It’s going to be a huge challenge, and so having John helping to pull together an A-team is exciting.”

As a ‘big data’ veteran, John brings more than 25 years of experience in HPC and data delivery systems to his role – and he claims that he’s never met a ‘big data’ problem he didn’t like or couldn’t take to the next level of performance. Prior to Appistry, Leighton served as Director of Software Development for Reuters America (through its acquisition of Bridge Information Systems) where he helped develop a Reuters’ client data delivery system and facilitated the development and infrastructure design for the fifth largest news and financial site in the world.


FoodEssentials is a young and vibrant company delivering cutting edge data and technologies that power product label analytics to consumers, manufacturers, retailers, and the government. FoodEssentials’ product label data is the most accurate and up-to-date in the industry and their core Key Message technology creates a layer of data that powers deep analysis and unique insight. The FoodEssentials team is a fine balance of product knowledge, technological expertise and creativity. They are headquartered in St. Louis, Missouri and have personnel based in Australia, Europe, and Asia. FoodEssentials is a diverse and dynamic company with a vision to making a difference in how people choose foods.



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