Passionate about Food & Public Relations


Food Public Relations & Communications is led by Mary Deming Barber, a senior strategic communications consultant. Mary is the lead who pulls together a customized supporting cast, as needed, for each assignment.


Mary Deming Barber, APR, Fellow PRSA

Mary Deming Barber, APR, Fellow PRSA, is president of The Barber Group, a strategic communications consultancy. During her 40-year career, she has led award-winning programs for a wide range of food commodity boards, international brands and restaurants while employed by agencies and as an entrepreneur from her home bases throughout the West.


She often tells friends she’s worked with nearly every center-of-the-plate item there is, and more. Mary’s comfortable in the kitchen with chefs, or out in the field with farmers and ranchers. She thrives on spotting trends that fit client goals and turning those into programs that are as much leading-edge as they are successful. Mary also enjoys experimenting in the kitchen, either with her family or unsuspecting friends. In 2002, she published a cookbook celebrating three generations of family recipes, preserving the importance of food in her family gatherings.

Mary is well known nationally for her leadership and service in the International Foodservice Editorial Council, the Public Relations Society of America, and the Ad2 Division of the American Advertising Federation. She has won numerous awards from various public relations organizations, including two Silver Anvil awards. 

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Eileen Tanner

Eileen helps clients earn national, industry, regional and local news coverage. Over the past 20 years she has worked with a number of food clients, including the California Avocado Commission, Starbucks, Humblemaker Coffee, CLIF Bar & Company.

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Lauren Neuman, APR

Lauren Neuman, APR, has nearly 10 years of experience in hospitality marketing and public relations and has worked in several areas of the food industry, including with producers, commodity boards, school foodservice professionals, resorts and restaurants.

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Kelly Kirkendoll

Kelly Kirkendoll has been working in public relations 25 years, is a professional food photographer and an experienced food blogger (with an emphasis on food allergies). She has worked with a number of restaurants, food brands and food influencers.

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