ERIC FISHEREric’s Mission at Morning Star is to provide world-class technical support to Morning Star and affiliates in the development of new or imported products and processes, including validating and executing all aspects from concept to commercialization in an admirable and ethical manner.

How did you first learn about Morning Star?

I have been in the tomato industry for the last eleven years and have worked with Morning Star on several different products in the past. I have always been very impressed with the integrity and professionalism of all Morning Star Colleagues.

Before working at Morning Star, what was the most unusual or interesting job you’ve ever had?

I actually worked as a baker and caterer out of high school – it’s where I learned to love experimenting with foods and flavors to create wonderful products.

What are 3 words to describe Morning Star?

Get it done!

What drew you to Morning Star originally?

All the potential opportunities that existed at Morning Star to develop and bring new innovative products to the market.

What do you find most challenging at Morning Star?

Our Colleague system [Mission- Focused Management] generates a lot of comments and feedback so it is fun to work with a team to drive to a consensus and develop a plan to move forward. Delivering new products to our customers and the market is all about the team so the more ideas and input, the better the end result.

What is on your wish list for the next 10 years?

This year, my youngest child is graduating from high school and my oldest is making me a grandpa, so seeing my kids become adults and watching their lives as adults unfold is really exciting. I am also excited to have a little more free time in the future to explore some new hobbies.

Tell me about your family.

My wife, Heather, and I just celebrated 27 years of marriage. We have one daughter and three sons. My family is my proudest accomplishment in life.

Tell me about your previous work experience.

I have always loved working and developing my skills. I started as a newspaper carrier and distributor for The Washington Post as a 10 year old. I found that I loved working with food as a baker and caterer. I have worked in construction and security to pay for my degrees in Food Science and Chemistry.

I have over 25 years of experience in the food industry. I started in the dairy industry, and moved to the vegetable processing, canning, and value-added products arena. I have worked in all parts of the food industry – in QA food labs, production floors, consumer sensory testing labs, agricultural development, Quality Assurance, and R&D management at factories and at the corporate level. My favorite area, however, has always been working on product innovation and new products.

People would be surprised if they knew ________________ about you.

I never liked tomatoes growing up and would never eat them. I later just found out that I am a tomato snob and I only like vine-ripened California tomatoes. Best tomatoes anywhere!

What do you like to do in your spare time?

I love spending time with my family, so any activity that we can do together is great.

What’s your favorite book(s)?

The Lord of the Rings, by J.R.R. Tolkien was absolutely brilliant.

What’s on your bucket list?

I would love to travel with my future grandkids and take them to Disneyland!

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