About Us

Our mission at Zest Labs is to help reduce the massive post-harvest fresh food waste through prevention by proactively managing the fresh food supply chain. More than 33 percent of post-harvest food is never consumed. Our solutions reflect our goals of improving the environment through sustainable practices, improving profitability for users, and improving the delivered freshness for consumers. We achieve these goals by providing complete solutions that modernize fresh food distribution. We continuously strive to deliver best-in-class solutions by addressing the science at the root of the problem, then provide the tools that make it easy to do “the right thing” every time.

Our Zest Fresh solution enables growers, packers, shippers, distributors and retailers to proactively monitor and manage food freshness in the supply chain, providing the ability to reduce waste by 50% or more and improve product margins by six percent or more. To learn more, please read our FAQ and Reference Guide.

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Management Team

Russell Shikami
Senior Vice President of Operations
Russell has extensive experience in operations and engineering management at both emerging and large enterprises. He was formerly Vice President of Engineering and Materials at Echelon Corporation, Vice President of Operations at Philips Electronics for Flat Display Systems, and Vice President of Operations and Engineering at UMAX.
Scott Durgin
Chief Technology Officer
Scott has over twenty five years’ experience in the high technology field across enterprise, consumer, and early-stage ventures. He was founder and Chairman of Aligned Global, 440labs’ predecessor. He was Founder & CEO of Buyjacker, a real-time showrooming marketplace with a social commerce twist and was SVP Products & Operations at AdessoSystems, a Carlyle-backed venture in the distributed mobile application space. Previously he was CTO at GotuitMedia where he and his team broke new ground in consumable time-shifted, online video services, and before that was CTO at iCast, a first-of-its-kind consumer-based interactive entertainment portal for both commercial and user-generated content. Scott spent ten years at IBM/Lotus where he co-created Sametime, the fastest revenue-growing product line, and headed up the Product Management team for Lotus Notes, what was then a $680M product line.
Tom Reese
Vice President, Business and Program Management
Tom has comprehensive experience in market development, sales and engineering from start-ups to large enterprises. Prior to Zest Labs, Tom led Motorola’s Cold Chain Market Development and supported other industries including pharmaceuticals, healthcare, retail, transportation and logistics. Prior to Motorola, Tom founded a CRM software solutions company in the hospitality market.

Partnerships and Affiliations



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