Our Team

At The Hale Group, we believe in a team approach. We bring the spirit of collaboration to every project, pooling our resources and drawing on our team’s experience in order to deliver quality services that exceed our clients’ expectations. Our leadership has extensive hands-on industry experience as well an expertise in management consulting. We invite you to learn more about our team of industry-recognized leaders.

The Hale Group Leadership

William C.  HaleWilliam C. Hale, President

Mr. Hale, the founder of The Hale Group, Ltd., has an extensive history of providing strategic counsel to the various participants in the food system. He has consulted with clients ranging from first stage processors and food manufacturers to chain restaurant operators and retail grocers.  Recognized as an expert in the food industry, Mr. Hale is well known for his ability to identify emerging trends and new opportunities within the food system. Mr. Hale has conducted benchmark studies concerning strategic business and market planning, economic and competitive assessments, identification of market opportunities, and development of go-to-market strategies and programs.  Mr. Hale received his B.S. in Food Science and Technology from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst and his M.B.A. from Boston College.

Robert J. LudwigRobert J. Ludwig, Principal

Mr. Ludwig’s thirty-four year consulting career has focused on a variety of subjects within the food and agribusiness industries. His consulting experience includes the total supply chain from agricultural inputs to consumer trends.  He is well known for his work in strategic planning and decision frameworks, as well as developing innovative approaches to governance issues with commodity processors and cooperatives.  Mr. Ludwig received his A.B. degree from Lebanon Valley College in Pennsylvania and his M.S. degree from the University of New Hampshire.


  • What’s New

    Back in 2010, The Hale Group published Foodservice 2020 forecasting the future operating environment and this white paper is still relevant – the market has developed and evolved as forecasted. We thought it was time to look at the next planning horizon and so, our newest white paper Foodservice 2025 does that.

    In September 2017, The Hale Group presented Foodservice 2025 at a roundtable event in Dallas. This invitation-only event was sponsored by The Core Group and gathered fifty foodservice industry leaders to vet Foodservice 2025 and engage in a thoughtful, productive discussion about the future foodservice operating environment of 2025.

    Bob Ludwig recently gave a speech to a group of investors on the implications of the emergence of Big Data in Agriculture. See the slides from his speech

    The Hale Group, working with International Foodservice Manufacturers Association (IFMA) Strategic Issues Series, developed a White Paper: GPOs in Foodservice - Landscape & Growth Opportunities to help our clients navigate this growing market trend.
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