Bob Weeks has spent the last twenty-eight years of his forty years in B-to-B publishing totally immersed in the food industry. His love affair with all things food began in 1985 when he became Publisher of Dairy Record magazine at Chicago-based Gorman Publishing. Shortly after assuming the leadership of Dairy Record, Bob planned and executed a very successful redesign and repositioning of the magazine as Dairy Foods magazine. The new look and restructured editorial product was well received and Dairy Foods quickly established itself as the advertising leader and the #1 editorial soiurce and authority for dairy food manufacturing and product development. A short year and a half later, Bob was also named Publisher of Gorman's Prepared Foods magazine.
During his five years at Gorman, Bob steered both publications to market dominating positions in their respective markets while becoming deeply involved with several industry associations, including The Institute of Food Technology (IFT), the Flavor and Extract Manufacturers Association (FEMA), and the National Association of Fruit and Food-Ingredient Systems (NAFFS)..He served eight years as the Co-Chairman of the FEMA Program Committee which saw him moderate numerous panels, sessions and meetings, as well as give presentations to the FEMA membership at their May Annual Meetings and the FEMA Fall Symposiums. He also served a year as NAFFS President and contributed speeches and presentations at NAFFS meetings.
During the 1980's, Bob detected a need in the food B-to-B area for a magazine that would serve the informational needs of a particular audience that was growing in both importance and influence at food manufacturers...Research and Development (R&D). The need for current, practical, use it now R&D information that could be taken to the lab bench to help product developers create successful new products was not being satisfied, so Bob left Gorman Publishing and established Weeks Publishing in 1991. Food Product Design magazine was launched in April of 1991. It grew quickly and in 1995 became the leader in ingredient ad pages and R&D/Product Development related editorial content.
In the late 1990's, Weeks Publishing Company (WPC) developed a close relationship with the new and emerging group, The Research Chefs Association (RCA). A joint venture agreement was reached between WPC and the RCA which resulted in the successful launch of the RCA's official magazine, Culinology.
In October 2005, Bob sold Food Product Design to Virgo LLC and continued on as Publisher for the Phoenix based company until June of 2013, when he resigned to once again launch a new endeavor, Weeks Communications LLC in order to offer his experience, industry knowledge, and presentation skills to food manufacturers, suppliers, trade show and conference planners as well as food industry associations and other entities.
Bob's broad experience across all food categories, including but not limited to bakery, beverages, confections, meats, soups, salads and more, along with his familiarity with the areas of culinary, foodservice and demographics has prepared him to make in-depth, comprehensive speeches and presentations at sales meetings, trade shows and conferences, and industry associations.