Donald Snyder


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Donald Snyder

Fun Facts

Favorite place in the world:


Favorite music/band/singer:

The Talking Heads and David Byrne, of course

Favorite movie or book of all time:

Lonesome Dove by Larry McMurtry

One word that best describes me:

Nice guy

When I’m not working, you’ll catch me doing this:

Swimming at 5:30 in the morning, traveling the world with my wife on bicycle vacations.

    Paycheck Protection Program Off to a Rocky Start?

    (Updated as of 4 p.m. on 4/3) Many restaurants and small to mid-sized food companies are eagerly awaiting the start of the funding of the $349-billion Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) that is part of the CARES Act. However, lenders and applicants have not been fully informed by the federal government with much of the information they need to apply. “The response is overwhelming – it is unlike anything I have ever seen in my career” said Craig Street, the chief lending officer of United […]

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      The Rise of Ghost Kitchens

      Highlighted in the recent New York Times article “The Rise of the Virtual Restaurant,” author Mike Issac and David Yaffe-Bellany discussed the rise of ghost kitchens and the current disruption that food delivery is causing in the food and, in particular, the restaurant industry. Food delivery apps like Uber Eats, DoorDash and Grubhub are reshaping the $863 billion American restaurant industry. As more people order food to eat at home – and as delivery becomes faster and more convenient – apps […]

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        Listen up: Food and Beverage Podcasts that should not Be Missed

        To stay up to day on the latest trends and innovations in the food and beverage industry, I tend to read daily or weekly publications or even attend industry related conferences. However, lately, like many of you, who enjoy storytelling with a side of expert insight, I recommend listening to the below podcasts. Listening to podcasts is a fun way to learn from industry leaders on the go. Freakonomics The widely popular Freakonomics, explores the hidden side of EVERYTHING. Yes, everything. […]

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          I Confess: Thinking of Food. Even on Vacation.

          As the leader of our firm’s food and beverage practice, I never take a day off from my passion for this industry. I recently returned from a two week vacation in Japan and had the opportunity to visit the famous Tsukiji fish market. A must see! Why? The Tsukiji fish market is the largest fish market in the world and accounts for 90 percent of all seafood that passes through Tokyo and a third of the seafood that passes through Japan. The seafood arrives daily from 60 different countries: crab […]

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            Visiting Trends and Friends at the Winter Fancy Food Show

            As we are getting ready to embark on the Natural Products Expo West Show – the largest natural and organic tradeshow in the world – in Anaheim on March 9, 2016, I still am thinking about the companies I visited and the trends I saw at the Winter Fancy Food Show held in San Francisco in January. The Winter Fancy Food Show had over 1,500 exhibitors and more than 1,000 new products and is the largest specialty food trade show on the West Coast. When we first started attending this trade show about […]

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              Food and Beverage Experts Sound Off

              As part of the Green Hasson Janks 2015 Food and Beverage Conference at the end of last year, a panel of industry experts discussed the role of women in the industry. I had the privilege of moderating a discussion with three top industry players: Ramona Cappello (founder of Sun Harvest Salt LLC), Ellen Chen (co-founder of Mendocino Farms) and Bill Shen (director of Encore Consumer Capital). The panel’s theme was “Leaders, innovators and consumers: How women are driving the food and beverage […]

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                New Food and Beverage Trends from Insiders’ Perspectives

                On a quarterly basis, Green Hasson Janks hosts a food and beverage executive roundtable dinner. At these dinners, we bring together 10 to 15 food and beverage executives to discuss topical industry issues and the impact on their businesses. This month’s topic revolved around the subject of food and beverage technology, including social media, sustainability, health and wellness, distribution channels and manufacturing equipment; how companies are using current technology to enhance their […]

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                  Why blog? Why food?

                  Edible insects. Fruit/vegetable hybrids. Ramen-mania. Butter is back. Sour is the new black. Food trends can be fascinating. For those of us who are in the business of food, it’s something we track for many reasons. What’s new? What’s ahead? What do our clients need to know to stay relevant and innovative? But the truth is, even if your occupation isn’t in the food and beverage industry, you are still likely interested in food as a human being who eats a few times a day. So, why blog? It’s now […]

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