Dave Cummings

Senior Advisor, Special Projects & Operations
Dave Cummings

Dave loves working with teams to implement innovation—so much that he continues this work in his retirement. He is very inspired that PFS isn’t only an advocate for improving the health and wellness of people but also provides the means for doing so, working with private industry. Dave comes to PFS with 30 years of experience in food manufacturing and engineering at General Mills, where he was responsible for new process system engineering. He has also served on the board at Compatible Technology International, a nonprofit that helps families in developing countries access innovative farming tools so they can produce food more sustainably and bring their crops to market. At Colorado State University early in his career, Dave worked on research and development to start up local food production plants in Tanzania and Costa Rica, a project funded by USAID and CARE. Dave’s outside interests include fly fishing, playing music with friends (guitar, mandolin, and banjo), and cooking. He lives in Colorado and Minnesota with the love of his life, Shelley Kerr.

General Mills
General Mills, the founding member of Partners in Food Solutions, is one of the world’s leading food companies, operating in more than 100 countries and headquartered in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
Cargill is an international producer and marketer of food, agricultural, financial and industrial products and services. Founded in 1865, the privately held company employs 150,000 people in 70 countries.
Royal DSM is a global science-based company active in health, nutrition and materials. By connecting its unique competences in Life Sciences and Materials Sciences DSM is driving economic prosperity, environmental progress and social advances to create sustainable value for all stakeholders.
Bühler is a global leader in the field of process engineering, in particular production technologies and services for producing foods and manufacturing advanced materials. Bühler operates in over 140 countries and has a over 10,000 employees worldwide.
The Hershey Company, headquartered in Hershey, PA, is a global confectionery leader known for bringing goodness to the world through its chocolate, sweets, mints and other great-tasting snacks.
Ardent Mills
Ardent Mills is dedicated to helping our customers innovate and grow, with the industry’s broadest range of flours, mixes, blends and specialty products.
Inspired by more than 120 years of business success and five generations of family leadership, The J. M. Smucker Company makes food that people and pets love. The Company’s portfolio of 40+ brands, which are found in 90 percent of U.S. homes and countless restaurants, include iconic products consumers have always loved such as Folgers, Jif and Milk-Bone plus new favorites like Café Bustelo, Smucker’s Uncrustables and Rachael Ray Nutrish.