Building Bridgesfrom Farm to Shelf
What I Do
Monica Gelinas helps food organizations grow sustainably with realistic operations strategies.
Guided by her comprehensive background in food systems, Monica has worked and advised on every step of the supply chain—agriculture, product development, manufacturing, distribution, and retail.
Whether you’re a start-up or legacy brand, Monica can translate your vision and values into practical next steps. While chefs create food and marketers create content, Monica’s leadership capabilities connect the dots, converting big food ideas into road maps for success. Commercialization, procurement, and setting up responsible infrastructure may never show up on your social media feed, but these are the crucial issues that matter when it comes to quality product and quality culture.
From QSR/fast casual concepts and CPG brands to community-based organizations, Monica’s wide-ranging expertise can facilitate your your journey beyond spreadsheets.
Starting my bio with childhood memories of my grandmother’s cooking would be lovely, but it would also be untrue. The real story is that my interest in food began with eating in hometown Jersey diners and “following” my high school boyfriend to his college, where I received my BS at the Cornell Hotel School. From there, my food journey has been inspired by teachers and mentors where I have learned from some of the best visionaries in food.
What I Do
Simply Put, I Build Bridges from Farm to Shelf
For more than twenty years, I’ve been fostering trust across an intergenerational, culturally diverse supply chain that spans rural and urban settings. I bring true grit from the field to the boardroom.
When it comes to developing local-artisan and global-commodity networks, I know firsthand just how much food distribution relies on individual efforts. With my steadfast commitment and unique skill set, I help streamline these efforts to get the job done.
Organization and Process Management
Fractional COO or Commercial/Procurement Officer
Team Mentoring + Stakeholder Facilitation
Diversity, Equity, Inclusion (DEI) Team Building
Board Member Engagement
Strategic Sourcing and Supply Chain
Supply Risk Analysis
Omnichannel Logistics Design (DTC, etc.)
New Product Development (NPD) Lead with Marketing + Sales
CPG, Foodservice, B&I product design
Concept-to-Market Strategy, specialty in prepared and perishable