Food Industry Leadership Program

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Future-Proofing the Food Industry

Niagara’s Food Industry Leadership program is an interdisciplinary program that enables students to gain core knowledge about the vast and diverse food industry while they pursue their chosen academic field. This program is designed so students gain valuable experience and knowledge about a fundamentally important industry. The food industry is critical to the welfare of society; engaged business leaders are vital to help develop creative and forward-looking solutions to current and emerging challenges.

Industry-Focused Curriculum

This program is designed so that as students pursue their degree in any business discipline, they complete business electives in key topics such as the global food industry, supply chain logistics in the food industry, omni-channel marketing, and transportation systems, to name a few. Our curriculum is guided and informed by an advisory board of top leaders in the food and consumer packaged goods industry. Students will select courses in the following areas:

Three (3) Required Courses:

  • MKG  301: Overview of the Global Food Industry
  • MKG 333: Category and Value Chain Management
  • MKG 490: Strategy & Innovation in Marketing

Select one (1) of the following courses:

  • MGT 324: Transportation Systems
  • MGT 327: Global Supply Chain Management
  • MGT 325: Supply Chain Logistics in the Food Industry (preferred)

 Select two (2) of the following courses:

  • ACC 335: Cost Management Systems
  • ECO 306: Intermediate Microeconomics
  • ECO 440: Applied Econometrics
  • FIN 340: Corporate Finance II
  • MKG 336: Omni Channel Strategy
  • MKG 335: Sales Leadership
  • MKG 354: Marketing Analytics
  • MGT 315: Leadership & Teamwork (preferred)
  • MGT 316: Conflict Management & Negotiations
  • MGT 342: HRM Staffing Development


You can integrate the Food Industry Leadership program into your discipline of choice. The program is designed to allow students gain deeper knowledge about the food industry within the context of their chosen field.


The food industry is multifaceted and the employment opportunities are extensive. This program provides students with the opportunity to study the discipline of their choice while becoming familiar with an industry that really does make a difference.


The faculty are recognized experts in the field of food logistics, global food systems, and food value chain management. Courses are also taught by professionals in the field who have access to the top industry executives assuring that our classes are current and relevant

Food Marketing
Logistics and Supply Chain Management
Brand Management
Warehouse and Inventory Management
Accounting / Financial Management

$6.22 Trillion

The total retail and food service annual sales is $6.22 trillion. The food retail industry in the United States comprises foods sold at grocery stores, convenience stores, drug stores, mass merchandisers, and foodservice facilities. - Data source: Statista Research Department, Jan. 2022


Dr. Ann Rensel
Ph.D Professor of Management Associate Dean of Undergraduate Studies
Phone: 716-286-8312