Melanie Zanoza Bartelme is a global food analyst at Mintel, the world’s leading market intelligence agency. She provides insights on global innovation and consumer trends across a number of food categories, with a particular focus on flavor trends. Drawing on her deep passion for food, she previously reported on industry news and trends for the Institute of Food Technologists, where she created a new monthly column devoted to product development innovation.

At Mintel, Melanie co-created the annual US Flavor and Ingredient Trends, which spotlight the cuisine types and ingredients that are growing on restaurant menus and on grocery shelves. She also regularly assesses the state of the food industry by attending trade shows and conferences across the globe and shares her analysis on Mintel’s blog.

Melanie holds a BS in journalism from Northwestern University. In her spare time, she loves to share what she’s eating at home in Chicago or while traveling the globe on her Instagram, @melanietastestheworld.