Retail Dietitian Profiles
Interview with Amanda Barnes, MS RD LDN, Retail Consultant in the Philippines
Tell us about your experience in retail and how you came to live in the Philippines. My first job in retail was at Giant Food in Washington, DC as an In-Store Nutritionist. During that time, I became involved in the community, making connections with local food banks, as well at the city food council. That position made me realize I was passionate about sustainable food systems so I enrolled in an online master’s degree program in Sustainable and Resilient Food Systems through University of Wisconsin. So after, I started working for Whole Foods private brand in Austin, TX. I was on their product innovation team as a Nutrition Product Compliance Analyst. During that time, I was long distance from my now fiancé, who I met in DC. He does international development work and was assigned to the Philippines where I decided to join him.
RD Close-up: Linda Brophy, RDN, LDN, Cowhey Family ShopRite
My role at ShopRite is to stay up-to-date on current food and nutrition topics, trends, and research and then translate that information into easily understandable language while teaching customers and associates practical ways to apply it to their lifestyles.
RD Close-up: Brian Scheil, RD, LD, CPT, Hy-Vee Registered Dietitian
My position is an in-store retail dietitian. My primary function is to bring health and wellness to life in the store through a number of avenues including store tours, strategic signage, culinary demonstrations, consultations, store wellness events, television and radio segments.
RD Close-up: Karine Comeau, B.Sc., RD, Atlantic Superstore
My role as an In-Store Dietitian is to deliver nutrition recommendations to our customers through personalized services, store tours and food demonstrations. Loblaws dietitians work closely with their pharmacies for best customer care. We also work regularly with community partners and even deliver on-site presentations for businesses and organizations.
RD Close-up: Kristin Grover, MS, RD, Nutrition Specialist at Giant Eagle
My title is Nutrition Specialist. I work on the Quality Assurance team helping to ensure that all Giant Eagle’s private label food products display nutrition information that is both accurate and compliant with FDA and USDA guidelines.
RD Close-up: Yvette Waters, MS, RDN, CISSN at Raley’s
I am the Nutrition Strategist and Brand Influencer for all Raley’s banners. I work closely with teams to provide insight on nutrition content, messaging, and product assortment while continuing forward with our mission -- Infusing life with health & happiness by changing the way to world eats, one plate at a time. I aid in driving nutrition strategies through employee and consumer engagement, work with internal partnerships and merchandising of products, marketing, social media, and community outreach.
RD Close-up: Whitney Hemmer, LD, RD, Fareway Stores, Inc.
I am one of two corporate dietitians at Fareway, based out of Boone, Iowa (near Des Moines). I maintain three weekly TV segments across the state, develop monthly 0:30 second recipe commercials, produce a quarterly magazine called CentsAble Health and provide various businesses and communities with free presentations on health and wellness.