Episode 298: Amy Duda Kinder

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The Produce Moms is proud to work with Duda Farm Fresh Foods in a brand partnership. The Dandy brand represents a rich legacy, numerous innovations, and unmatched celery leadership!

In this episode, Lori Taylor interviews Amy Duda Kinder, the Vice President of Food Safety, Worker Safety, and Sustainability at A Duda and Sons. They discuss the importance of sustainability in farming, Amy’s family farming story, the challenges faced in farming, innovation in celery, product development, and female empowerment in the industry.


  • Sustainability is critical in farming to ensure the careful stewardship of land for future generations.
  • The Duda family’s passion for celery stems from their ancestors’ desire to own and work the land.
  • Challenges in farming include environmental impact, regulations, water use, soil health, and labor supply.
  • Innovation in celery involves understanding consumer needs and preferences and breeding celery with refined tastes and characteristics.
  • Women have an important role to play in agriculture and should be bold in pursuing opportunities in the industry.


00:00 Introduction and Background

03:38 The Importance of Sustainability in Farming

09:16 Amy’s Family Farming Story

12:40 Challenges in Farming

30:44 Product Development and Innovation

37:18 Female Empowerment in the Industry

40:46 Final Remarks


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About Lori

Lori Taylor is the Founder & CEO of The Produce Moms. For ten years she sold fresh produce to over 300 grocery stores throughout the United States, and today she is fully focused on working with the produce supply chain, media, and government to increase fresh produce access & consumption in the US and around the globe. Connect with Lori on LinkedIn.

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