People

Michael Bosworth, CEO

michael@nextgenfoods.com

Nothing motivates me like… Building a future for my family and my young children.

The best time of day is… About 10 minutes before sunrise.

The best thing about this company is… We solve problems every day, so it is impossible to get bored. We listen to our chefs and work to bring them new products all the time. This takes a lot of work behind the scenes, but it is a great benefit to our customers and our partner farmers.

I love that our company stands for… High-quality foods grown by honest, hardworking family farmers. Our growers take pride in growing the best food possible, and we handle it in a way that preserves that quality and freshness all the way to our customer.

My family laughs at my… Habit of always buying new types and brands of rice. I am constantly looking for unique varieties, packaging and marketing in the rice industry. I probably have over 100 pounds of rice in our pantry right now.

I would want my last meal to be… Omakase at Kru Restaurant in Sacramento.

Next Generation Foods is different because… It is a food distribution company owned by farmers, which gives us the unique ability to respond to market demand by leveraging our network of farming friends to develop new products and bring them to market. Our connection to growers also allows for more traceability than other distribution companies. And we always enjoy hosting farm tours so our chefs can learn more about exactly how and where their ingredients are grown.

Education: BS in Crop Science & Management, UC Davis; MS in Agricultural & Resource Economics, UC Davis

 

Andrew Brutlag, Chief Operating Officer

andrew@nextgenfoods.com

The best thing about our company is… The people we get to work with.

I love that Next Generation Foods stands for… Families, Farms and Food.

I’m inspired by… Passion.

I firmly believe that… Food is meant to be enjoyed with family and friends— the old, the new, and the recently met.

My favorite Next Generation Foods product is… Garbanzo beans. Gotta love hummus!

Education: BS in Food Science, UC Davis; MBA in Finance, CSU Sacramento

 

Geoffrey Koch, Sustainability Manager

geoff@nextgenfoods.com

The best advice I’ve ever received was… Pause when you’re irritated or doubtful.

Nothing motivates me like… My desire to provide value to and be of service to the community.

I’m good at my job because of… My flexibility, attention to detail and efficiency.

On weekends I love to… Camp, hike, fish, and explore the outdoor space in Northern California.

People may not know… Although my parents weren’t farmers, I came to be interested in where food came from through my previous career in the food service industry. This is what drove me to study agriculture, and I couldn’t be happier with that decision.

My favorite Next Generation Foods product is…All of them! But I love our brown jasmine rice and polenta especially.

Education: BS in Sustainable Agriculture & Food Systems, UC Davis; PhD Student, Soils & Biogeochemistry, UC Davis

 

Gabby Franke, Business Development Manager

gabby@nextgenerationfoods.com

I bring value to our team because of my…Vision and ability to communicate with people.

I get excited when…I can be creative and learn something new.

The best thing about our company is… Our values. We care about sustainability for the earth, family farms and the businesses we serve.
I love farmers because…They are both rooted in tradition and values and constantly looking to the future for innovation and improvement.

I love to…Read, listen to podcasts, and host parties with good food and drinks.

My favorite Next Generation Foods product is…White jasmine rice.

Education: BS in Managerial Economics, UC Davis

 

Luis Jimenez, Logistics Manager

Colleagues know me for my… Good humor and jokes.

Nothing motivates me like… Setting goals, big or small.

I would want my last meal to be… Tamales cooked by my mother.

The best thing about our company is… That it is small but has a great impact.

My philosophy about farming is… Good soil will yield good produce.

On weekends I love to… Explore and discover new areas.

My favorite place in the world is… My grandma’s farm in Mexico.

My favorite Next Generation Foods product is… Polenta.