In honor of National Nutrition Month, we’re featuring a Q&A with our talented Registered Dietitian, Licensed Dietitian, and Vice President of Sales and Marketing, Scott Rousey. He’ll be the first to comment on the alphabet soup that comes with being a being a food and nutrition expert, so let’s take a closer look at just what it means to be an RD.

Q: What do you enjoy most about your role?
A: What I enjoy the most is the very unique position I am in as an executive in the foodservice industry and an RD.

Q: What experience do you have in the field?
A: I have nearly 30 years as an RD and 26 in Foodservice Sales.

Q: What skills do you need to succeed in this industry?
A: Excellent organizational skills are a must. You must also be a very self-reliant individual. If you expect someone to be behind you telling what to do next, you’re in the wrong field.

Q: What are some nutrition trends you’ve noticed in the past decade?
A: Nutrition trends and fads are always falling in and out of favor. It may sound a bit jaded, but if a particular diet or claim made about a diet sounds too good to be true, then it most definitely is.

Q: What interesting or informative piece of nutrition advice can you offer?
A: Listen to your body, it knows what it needs.

Q: How does your degree help in your sales and marketing role at Darlington Snacks?
A: It has opened countless doors. Managers, buyers and marketers in school nutrition, healthcare and other non-commercial channels – both at the end user and distributor levels – know and respect the RD as an expert in all things food.

Q: What’s your favorite healthy snacks?
A: My favorites are fresh fruits and veggies, and any of our own Appleways savory crackers.