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Corey Berends

Chief Operating Officer and Interim CEO


Corey Berends brings extensive consumer packaged goods (CPG) experience to Footprint. As Chief Operating Officer and Interim CEO, Corey is responsible for Footprint’s day-to-day global operations, new product commercialization, and sales. He reports directly to the Board of Directors.

Before joining Footprint in 2022, Corey spent 19 years with Conagra Brands, a leading brand-based food company. He led an R&D team responsible for product and package development, process engineering, science and technology, nutrition, labeling, food safety, and quality.


Corey is a Board member at the Northern Illinois Food Bank and a member of the Virginia Tech College of Agriculture and Life Sciences Deans Advisory Committee.

Corey has a Ph.D. in Food Science and Technology from Virginia Tech University and holds Master's and Bachelor's of Science degrees in Packaging Engineering from Michigan State University.