Food for Thought - An Interview with Tom Pellizzetti
Tom Pellizzetti is an outstanding member of the Florida Food Policy Council! He is a food broker who works independently to develop lines of beef and provides management services. He has done work in developing grass-fed lines of beef and was the previous co-founder and owner of the small grass-fed beef company, Arrowhead Beef.
Graciously, Tom made time for a short interview to talk about challenges and gaps currently seen in the meat industry, as well as his current projects and hopes for the future.
Tom was also the guest presenter for the June Policy Committee meeting where he discussed “Food Processing for Small Producers.” If you missed his presentation, you can watch the call and get more information about his presentation here.
Tom earned a BS in Animal Science from UF in 1996 and an MBA from Thunderbird in Arizona in 2001. Tom spent about 12 years working for large food companies (Tyson Foods, Nestle Purina and Schreiber Foods) with roles in (operations, sales and marketing). Tom became an independent sales agent in 2009 and co-founded a small grass-fed beef producer called Arrowhead Beef in 2010. Tom and his business partner bought a very small USDA-inspected harvest facility in NW Florida in 2013. Tom sold his interests in those operations by 2017 and now provides brokerage and management services to natural food companies selling into retail and foodservice channels. Local When We Can!