Dr. Neal Hooker is Professor of Food Policy in the John Glenn College of Public Affairs, The Ohio State University. His research explores public policy, marketing and management issues within global food supply chains. He is particularly interested in how food safety, nutrition and sustainability attributes are communicated, controlled, and (where appropriate) certified. These issues require special attention when considering public health and international trade impacts of different types and sizes of firms and farms and the responses of customers, consumers and stakeholders. He received a Ph.D. from the University of Massachusetts, a MA from the University of British Columbia (Canada) and a BA (Hons.) from Essex University (UK). Dr. Hooker has also worked at Saint Joseph’s University as the CJ McNutt Professor of Food Marketing, as a visiting professor at the Food Policy Institute, Rutgers University, at Colorado State University, and Texas A&M University. He has published more than 70 journal articles and book chapters on the economics and marketing of food quality, product recalls, international food trade and the demand for and supply of sustainable and functional food and drink.

Dr. Hooker is the editor of Journal of Food Products Marketing, co-edited a book Interdisciplinary Food Safety Research (with Elsa Murano) and special issues of journals on Private Sector Management of Food Safety and Emerging Issues in Food Safety. He served on a National Academy of Sciences/Institute of Medicine committee which prepared a report Scientific Criteria to Ensure Safe Food. He has reviewed for many government agencies, grant programs and academic journals. He serves on the Council on Food, Agricultural and Resource Economics Program Committee and has been an investigator on grants and contracts totaling more than $4.5 million.

Current research and consulting projects include; assessments of consumer reaction to information on product labels and advertisements, particularly for product and process information (fair trade, organic, natural and sustainability); differences between private label and national brand strategies (nutrition claims); approaches to describing novel/emerging information, (qualified health claims, vitamin D) and the nutritional quality of innovative food and beverage products (UK and USA). A native of England, Dr. Hooker has performed research, consulting and industry training in the United Kingdom, United States, Canada, New Zealand, Australia, Israel, Thailand, Mexico, and South Korea. He has traveled extensively throughout the world, enjoying food as he goes!


Areas of research

  • Food Policy and Marketing
  • Food Safety and Nutrition Economics
  • Sustainability and Corporate Social Responsibility
Taylor, Christopher A., Colleen K., Spees, Alayna M. Markwordt, Rosanna P. Watowicz, Jill K. Clark, and Neal H. Hooker. Differences in Dietary Patterns by Food Security Status in US Adults. Forthcoming Journal of Consumer Affairs. 22pp

Taylor, Christopher A., Colleen K. Spees, Rosanna P. Watowicz, Stephen Martinez and Neal H. Hooker. Beware Greeks Bearing Gifts: The Potential Impact of Yogurt Innovation on Dietary Intakes. Forthcoming Journal of Food Composition and Analysis. 25pp

Spees, Colleen K., Jill K. Clark, Neal H. Hooker, Rosanna P. Watowicz, Christopher A. Taylor. 2017. Dietary Intake Contributions of Food and Beverages by Source and Food Security Status in US Adults. Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior. 49(8): 667-673

Hopkins, Laura C., Neal H. Hooker and Carolyn Gunther. 2017. Securing a Stop to the Summer Setback: Policy Considerations in the Future Expansion of the Summer Electronic Benefit Transfer for Children. Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior. 49(8): 692-699

Marconi, Nicholas, Neal H. Hooker and Nicholas DiMarcello. 2017. What’s in a Name? The Impact of Fair Trade Claims on Product Price. Agribusiness: An International Journal. 33(2): 160-174

Liu, Rebecca, Neal H. Hooker, Efthimios Parasidis, and Christopher T. Simons. 2017. Using Immersive Technologies to Study the Impact of “All Natural” Labeling on Perceived Food Quality, Nutritional Content and Liking. Journal of Food Science. 82(3): 825-833

Souza-Monteiro, Diogo M. and Neal H. Hooker. 2017. Comparing UK Food Retailers’ Corporate Social Responsibility Strategies. British Food Journal. 119(3): 658-675

Souza-Monteiro, Diogo M. and Neal H. Hooker. 2017. What Initiatives are British Retailers Taking to Improve Children’s Health and Nutrition? Journal of Food Products Marketing. 23(2): 209-220
Professor Neal Hooker has new research — “Comparing the United States and Canadian Fair Trade Markets to the Rest of the World” — published in Choices, a magazine about food, farm and resource issues. » Click here to read the article.

Professor Neal Hooker has new research published in the journal Food Policy. Written with his colleagues Amanda Berhaupt-Glickstein (Rutgers University), Mary L. Nucci (Rutgers University) and William K. Hallman (Rutgers University), “The evolution of language complexity in qualified health claims” looks at the progression of court rulings surrounding health claims by food products and the subsequent regulations by the FDA. » Click here to read the study.

The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) has awarded Professor Neal Hooker a $23,000, two-year award to study bread products, breakfast cereal and yogurt sales data to see how eating habits have changes and their effect on the U.S. food supply. Hooker will act as the principal investigator in collaboration with Steve Martinez of the USDA.

Professor Neal Hooker helped CBS News’ Moneywatch understand the significance of Walmart's, the country's largest grocer, decision to sell organic foods. Does Walmart's announcement mean organic foods have finally become mainstream? Not necessarily, says Hooker. » Click here to read, “Does Walmart's move mean organics are mainstream?”

Professor Neal Hooker was a guest on WOSU’s All Sides with Ann Fisher discussing the nutrition labels proposed by the Federal Food and Drug Administration. » Click here to listen to the program

In a blog posting for Ohio State’s Food Innovation Center, Professors Jill Clark and Neal Hooker look at the Food and Drug Administration’s major food policy proposals to amend serving sizes and update the Nutrition Facts panel found on packaged foods. » Click here to read the post

Professor Neal Hooker will have new research published in a forthcoming edition of International Food and Agribusiness Management Review. In “Trans-Border Reformulation: US and Canadian Experiences with trans Fat” Hooker and his colleague Shauna Downs, University of Sydney, examined more than 2,000 new cookie products from 2006 through 2012 to see how the industry adapted to new policies governing the use of trans fat. » Click here to learn more and to watch a video about the research

Do you think when you buy something organic it’s also local? Most likely it’s not. New research by Dr. Neal Hooker has just been published in the Journal of Food Products Marketing. “Emerging Spatial Dependencies within U.S. Organic Supply Chains” looks at where our organic food comes from and is it local.» Click here to learn more.

Professor Neal Hooker is quoted in a MSN Now story on food inspectors and the government shutdown. » Click here to read, “FDA inspections aren't happening, thanks to the government shutdown”



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