Mars Food marketing chief joins AIFST board

Experienced FMCG and retail marketer becomes non-executive director for Australian Institute of Food Science and Technology

The Australian Institute of Food Science and Technology (AIFST) has brought on Mars Food marketing chief, Bronwyn Powell, as a non-executive board member.

The experienced marketing professional boasts of 30 years’ experience in brand and marketing management, working across a raft of FMCG brands including Snackfoods, George Weston Foods (Tip Top Bakeries), SPC Ardmona (Coca-Cola Amatil), McDonald’s Australia, Oporto & Yum! Restaurants International, Kellogg’s, Patak’s, Tip Top, Burgen and Smith’s Crisps.

Bronwyn PowellCredit: Mars Food
Bronwyn Powell


Among career highlights are the launch of the Abbott’s Village Bakery brand locally in 2012. More recently, Powell has worked to rejuvenate the 75-year-old MasterFoods brand, and oversees a product portfolio that also includes Dolmio, Uncle Ben’s, Seeds of Change and Kantong.

In a statement, the pair noted Powell’s proven ability to develop new concepts, products and strategies that change businesses, along with her retail and quick service restaurants credentials in the US, Canada, UK and Australia and at a global level.

Powell said she was looking forward to joining the AIFST Board and contributing to the future success and growth of the iconic organisation. The institute has been around since 1967 and represents food system professionals across the ecosystem.

“AIFST has supported Australian food industry professionals for more than 50 years in so many ways, from education and training to networking, industry conferences, mentorships and career development,” she commented. “The institute provides food scientists and technologists with a unique platform for collaboration and growth that enables the industry to drive the technology and food science innovation required for Australia to meet its future food needs.

“I’m looking forward to using my marketing and digital innovation experience to help enhance the services AIFST provides members and the wider Australian food science community. It’s a wonderful opportunity to contribute on key strategic issues facing the industry in a fast-moving food innovation environment.”

Powell commenced the role in May and is serving a three-year term.

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