Building Bridges

from Farm to Shelf
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What I Do          Amazing People          About Me

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. Sourcing, procurement, 3PL negotiations, 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 culture.   

From QSR/fast casual concepts and CPG brands to community-based organizations, Monica’s wide-ranging expertise can facilitate your journey from farm to shelf.

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About Me

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 natural and organic foods.

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. Rolling up my sleeves and working from the ground up, I bring true grit between the field and the boardroom—uniting people throughout the supplier community.

When it comes to developing local-artisan and global-commodity networks, I know firsthand just how much food distribution relies on physical labor and individual efforts. With my steadfast commitment and unique skill set, I help streamline these efforts to get the job done.

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Organization and Process Management

Team Mentoring + Organizational Guidance

Interim COO or Interim VP of Purchasing

Diversity, Equity, Inclusion (DEI) Team Building 

Stakeholder Facilitation 

Board Member Engagement

Sustainably Scaling Operations

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Strategic Sourcing and Supply Chain

Farm-to-Shelf Procurement

Supply Risk Analysis

COGs Optimization

Ethical Supplier Partnerships

Omnichannel Logistics Design (DTC, etc.)

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Product Design

New Product Development (NPD) Lead

Commissary + Ghost Kitchen Strategies

Holistic R&D with Marketing + Sales

Concept-to-Market Strategy

I get calls from organizations to help “save money on food cost.” But the truth is, “food cost” is often shorthand for a complex web of human effort and service. A good supply chain is the result of dedicated people supporting each other with one goal in mind.

Formula for Success  =

Good Food  +  Patience  +  Amazing People

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