CCD Innovation & The Helmsman Group Join Forces as CCD Helmsman

In today’s fast-paced and competitive food and beverage innovation landscape, it’s crucial to create ground-breaking ideas and get them to market fast. That’s why CCD Innovation and The Helmsman Group are working together as CCD Helmsman. This collaboration combines CCD Innovation’s world-class culinary development—driven by strategic vision, trend insights and the creativity of its Chefs’ Council®—with The Helmsman Group’s extensive expertise in supply chain operations and commercialization services. Together, we reimagine food from idea to market, offering full-service solutions to our clients’ innovation needs.

Our expertise covers four pillars in the innovation process—strategy, trend insights, culinary development and commercialization—allowing us to offer start-to-finish services to food companies that range from pre-revenue start-ups seeking to develop and launch a new product, to established brands exploring new platforms or line extensions. Both companies have long track records of developing and commercializing products around the world for CPG, restaurant, and foodservice clients, as well as any company seeking guidance and innovation in food and beverage.

CCD Helmsman operates in Emeryville, California under the leadership of Kimberly Egan and Marc Halperin, founders of CCD Innovation and experts in innovation strategy and culinary development respectively, and Mark Haas, founder of The Helmsman Group, who brings vast experience from his work in operations, plant management and co-manufacturing at companies including Kashi, Kellogg’s, Annie’s, and as founder of Bridgetown Natural Foods, a co-man facility.

CCD Helmsman blends the DNA of its two parts. From CCD Innovation comes longstanding expertise in all things culinary, trend, and product development as well as the unique and powerful Chefs’ Council®, a 100-member team of food professionals that provides real-life culinary creativity to the innovation process. From The Helmsman Group comes strong expertise in growth strategy, margin enhancement, ingredient sourcing, and manufacturing after years of supporting natural, organic and specialty gourmet product manufacturing.

Kara Nielsen