Soumya Nair


Global insights and consumer research director



Presentation Description:

Leveraging human food and nutrition trends to develop taste and nutritional solutions for pets — Nair presents insight into leveraging human food and nutrition trends to develop taste and nutritional solutions for pets. Trends in companion animal nutrition have come to strongly mirror those in human taste and nutrition; after all, pet parents are consumers themselves. This session focuses on new consumer insights and trends in future human nutrition; the value of applying these unique consumer insights to help guide the future of innovation in the pet space; and 2023 Global Taste Charts and Trends — how taste continues to enable consumer acceptance of innovation.


Soumya Nair is the global insights and consumer research director for Kerry, leading the Insights Center of Excellence. Nair is deeply passionate about studying unmet consumer needs and uncovering untapped opportunities that drive actionable business outcomes. Soumya is an ex-Kantar insights specialist, where she focused on consumer storytelling, innovation and market-entry strategy. She has spent over 15 years in the industry conducting immersive ethnography, consumer segmentation and product optimization research for the food, beverage and luxury goods industry. Her foundational education is an MBA with a focus on marketing insights and design thinking. Nair is currently focused on driving insights rigor, harvesting cross-regional frameworks, establishing consistencies, step changing the function and developing upcoming insights talent at Kerry.