Insights leader to leverage background at major CPGs and brands to build egg industry’s first centralized consumer research and intelligence hub

(CHICAGO) April 19, 2021 – The American Egg Board (AEB) today named Mike Hostetler to the newly created role of director of consumer insights. Reporting to VP Insights & Innovation Nate Hedtke, Hostetler will lead development of the AEB’s planned insights hub — a new integrated consumer, customer and egg industry research and intelligence center to support marketing, innovation and strategic initiatives at the industry level and increase demand for eggs and egg products.

Mike Hostetler

An accomplished research, analytics and insights expert, Hostetler brings more than 15 years of food industry expertise and experience leading insight generation to identify innovation opportunities and inform brand strategy, positioning and communications at top CPGs, including Kellogg, McCormick & Co., Kraft Heinz and, most recently, Perdue.

“In this new era of rapid change, it is imperative that AEB’s knowledge and understanding of our egg consumer be unparalleled so that we are a resource to our members, industry and collaborators. Mike Hostetler has the experience, credentials and success record to help turn insights about evolving consumer needs, as well as cultural and market dynamics and trends, into actionable intelligence — enabling the AEB and the egg industry to quickly capitalize on emerging opportunities,” said AEB President & CEO Emily Metz.

A key goal in the AEB’s new strategic vision and five-year plan, the AEB will, for the first time, offer a comprehensive, industrywide insights hub as a resource for holistic insights generation. Hostetler will also lead development of the AEB’s learning plan, including developing a learning agenda for priorities laid out in the strategic plan, as well as creation of an enterprise-wide data analytics framework. Lastly, Hostetler will help develop the AEB’s industry newsroom — a real-time news and social media monitoring and response center.

Hostetler joins the AEB from Perdue Foods, where, as director of insights and analytics, he led consumer insights and analytics across all consumer business and was a member of Perdue’s marketing leadership team. Prior to Perdue, Hostetler held numerous insights & analytics roles with large CPG organizations, including The Kellogg Company, McCormick & Co. and The Kraft Heinz Company. He holds a BA in Actuarial Science from Butler University and an MBA from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

About the American Egg Board (AEB)

Home of the Incredible Egg, the AEB is the U.S. egg industry’s national commodity marketing organization. The AEB’s mission is to increase demand for eggs and egg products through research, education and promotion. The AEB is located in Chicago, Ill. For more, visit