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  • Marlin Co.

  • deep

  • The Alchemedia Project

  • Food IQ

Being what you’ve always been isn’t enough. Today’s knowledge, keyed to today’s understandings, is what moves a business forward. At Marlin Network Consulting Group, we believe that every effective strategy starts with The Why: the reason your organization gets up every day...the understandings that take you from where you’ve been to where you can be NOW.

We call this Consulting Forward, the insight-driven perspectives that will help propel your business forward. Need expertise in areas not currently on your staff? You've found it. We can draw from a SWAT team of more than 80 experts, from virtually every marketing discipline, who can answer the critical needs of Now…and disperse when the job is done.

MNCG’s unique brand of solution-seeking begins with open, honest dialogue about your business. It ends in objective professional opinions that honor your culture. Because at the end of the day, the best ideas and possibilities are not dictated from outside—they’re the truths that are grown from within.

The Marlin Network Consulting Group consists of a network of experienced associates with varying specialties who are called on as needed to assist the food marketing expert leading the project.

Meet The Leadership

Doug Austin, Marlin Network SVP Growth & Innovation

Doug has been in the agency business for nearly 30 years, working for both B2C and B2B clients. With a foundation of experience in traditional communications and promotion, he specializes in long-term strategic business planning and product/strategy innovation in the food industry.

Brand Experience Includes:

Miller Brewing Company, Coca Cola, PepsiCo, Rolling Rock, Labatt’s, Tyson Foods, J.M. Smucker Co., H.E.B., Wal-Mart, Safeway, Target, Giant Eagle, Frito-Lay, Von Dutch Fashions, Auntie Anne’s, Taco Bell, Pizza Hut, Uncle Ben’s, Freschetta, Red Baron, Tony’s, Asian Sensations, Nestle Professional, Canadian Beef Information Centre, Dean Foods.

Phil Daniels, Marlin Network Group President

Phil brings to Marlin Network Consulting Group his 35 years’ experience in sales, marketing, manufacturing, product development, culinary arts and food equipment design. He specializes in business strategy development, culinary & menu strategy, innovation/R&D process development, key account selling strategies and culinary business consulting.

Brand Experience Includes:

Tyson Foods, Kraft Foods, Gerber, Minute Maid, Coca Cola Foods, Johnsonville Foods, Starbucks Coffee Company, French’s, Mission Foods, Nestle Professional, Butterball Turkey, Healthy Choice, Hunt-Wesson, Lamb Weston, H.J. Heinz Foodservice, The National Pork Board, Otis Spunkmeyer, Dawn Foods, Torani, Splenda, Tamko Roofing Products, EFCO, Toastmaster Products, Sunbeam, Leggett & Platt, Paul Mueller Company, Saputo, Sartori Cheese, and Everpure.

Mindy Armstrong, Insights & Account Manager

Mindy began her marketing career in radio, first in London, then in Springfield, MO, eventually translating her talents to an account service role within the Marlin Company. Today, as Insights Manager for both FoodIQ and Marlin Network Consulting Group, Mindy brings her experience in account management, national account work and passion for innovating the next big idea. She was recently instrumental in the development of an innovation process adopted by a major foodservice company.

Brand Experience Includes:

Sartori Foods, Everpure, French’s Foodservice, Minor’s, Stouffer’s, Lean Cuisine, and Nestle Professional, Akzo Nobel, and Turblex.

Our Work ///

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  • Marketing Agency Insider Build vs. Acquire
  • Marlin Network April 2013
  • 4 Things You Should Know About the Way Your Customer Shops
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  • Stopping the Agency Treadmill
  • The Value of Shopper Marketing at the Retail Level
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  • Client Brand Conflicts - Setting Up the Firewalls
  • Marlin Network Sept 2012
  • Marlin Network October 2012
  • Marlin Network December 2012
  • Burgers Food Of Possibility


  • Butterball
  • Agent Nation
  • Product Evaluations
  • Aisle 411
  • Schwan’s
  • All Party Poppers
  • Kellogg’s
  • Denny’s
  • Michael Foods
  • Mann Packing
  • Andy’s Frozen Custard
  • Canadian Beef Information Centre
  • Tyson Foods
  • Kraft Foods
  • Gerber
  • Minute Maid
  • Johnsonville Foods
  • French’s
  • Mission Foods
  • Nestlé Professional
  • Healthy Choice
  • Hunt-Wesson
  • Lamb Weston
  • Coca Cola Foods
  • H.J. Heinz Foodservice
  • The National Pork Board
  • Otis Spunkmeyer
  • Dawn Foods
  • Torani
  • Splenda
  • Starbucks Coffee Company

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1200 E. Woodhurst Building V
Springfield, MO 65807

Ph: 417-885-4500
Fx: 417-823-8415