As a consultant since 1998, Bob Burke provides assistance in bringing natural, organic and specialty products to market across most classes of trade. This includes work in strategic planning, growth strategies, business plans, budgeting, pricing, building distribution, broker selection and management, organizational development, financing, branding, trade spending and assistance around M&A, diligence and venture strategy groups. He is also the co-author of the Natural Products Field Manual, Eighth Edition. Prior to consulting, Bob was with Stonyfield Farm Yogurt for 11 years as Vice President, Sales & Corporate Development. He received an MBA from Babson College.
He currently serves as an outside director for EcoFish, Saffron Road, Orgain, All Terrain, and King Arthur Flour. He serves on the advisory boards of Smart Flour Foods, The Chaat Co., and Thirsty Ventures. He is a former director of Stonyfield Farm, Equal Exchange, Stirrings, and FoodState/MegaFood. He is on the Selection Committee at Nutrition Capital Network. He serves on the admissions committee of the Specialty Food Association. He also serves on the Editorial Advisory Board of Nutrition Business Journal. He is on the board of the non-profit Hirshberg Entrepreneurship Institute and also on the board of advisors of the Boy’s and Girl’s Club of Lawrence, Massachusetts.
Bob was named one of the "Top 25 Business Builders of the Natural Products Industry for the last 25 years” by Natural Foods Merchandiser Magazine. He was also named an inaugural Senior Fellow at Food Sol at Babson College.
Bob has delivered presentations, seminars and moderated panels at leading trade shows and conferences in the US, Australia, New Zealand, Canada, Ireland and the UK. He also runs full day seminars and networking events on “Becoming a more Effective Sales Manager” and “Financing your Natural and Specialty Products Company”.
Bob lives in Andover, MA with his wife Kathy and their spoiled dog.