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Sad News: Mark Hughes Announcement

To Our Valued Clients, Friends and Business Partners:

It is with great sadness that I announce the passing of Anderson Partners’ CEO Mark Hughes. Mark passed away on Wednesday, September 13th, after being diagnosed with leukemia in December 2016. Mark handled his illness with grace and humility and focused on the joy found in his family, his work and his friends. Those of us who have been fortunate enough to know and work with Mark have lost a dear friend and an inspiring mentor. He has been an integral part of Anderson Partners since 1997, and his spirit will forever be the foundation of our firm.

During his more than 30-year career, Mark became a leading expert in global food ingredient marketing and a recognized thought leader in new communication models like content marketing and B2B social media. He worked on iconic branding initiatives like “Pork. The Other White Meat” and “The Milk Mustache” campaign, as well as successful product launches and marketing for Kraft Heinz Ingredients, Corbion, Ardent Mills, Chiquita Brands International, ConAgra Brands and Land O’Lakes Ingredients. Additionally, he was a frequent speaker at industry events and an active member of the Research Chefs Association and the Institute of Food Technologists. Mark came to be a trusted advisor and confidant to many, and he highly valued the numerous friendships he made throughout the course of his career.

Mark is survived by his wife, Susan, and daughters, Elizabeth and Abigail. On behalf of the entire team at Anderson Partners, I pass along our deepest condolences to his family and loved ones. No words can adequately express our sadness of Mark’s death or our gratitude for the opportunity to work with him. We will continue to hold true to the values that Mark embodied and serve our clients with the same passion and vision that Mark displayed every day.

Memorials may be made in Mark’s memory to: the American Red Cross and University of Nebraska Medicine Foundation (leukemia research).


Deb Murray
Anderson Partners
(800) 551-9737

3 thoughts on “Sad News: Mark Hughes Announcement

  1. My condolences. I never personally met Mark, but was inspired daily by his presence.
    God Speed Mark, you are in my prayers
    Chef Ozzie

  2. Hi Deb,
    Very sad to hear this. We only met once, but Mark made an inedible impression with his wisdom and market knowledge. You must all miss him dearly.
    Kind regards,
    Karin (former Corporate Communications director of Corbion)

  3. I am very sorry to hear this. Although limited, I had the pleasure of interacting with Mark during my ConAgra years. I found his passion, energy and integrity inspiring. My thoughts and prayers go out to family and friends.

    With respect,


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