Episode 4 – Driving Innovation

In this Episode

From Egypt to Australia, Nadia Taylor always dreamed of owning and operating her own business. Using her 12 years of experience in the snack industry and her international perspective, Taylor co-founded tna Solutions, a leading global supplier of integrated food processing and packaging solutions, and the current sponsor of SNAC’s WinS (Women in Snacks) initiative.

This sponsorship is critical for Taylor because she believes women in the industry are essential in driving snacking innovation, emphasizing that their unique advantage as nurturers and vast understanding of well-being plays a vital role in advancing better-for-you snacking. Taylor opens up about finding herself as the only woman in 90% of meetings, maintaining a work/life balance as a mother and leading with her values as an entrepreneur.

SNAC Cast episode 4

Nadia Taylor, Co-Founder and Director, tna Solutions

“I encourage more women to become part of the industry. The industry is global in nature and offers a lot of opportunities for advancement both in management, engineering and technology – we can’t get enough female engineers in our company. The world is changing and adapting to a more diverse workforce, so diversity should be the norm for any industry because I really do believe it’s the core at driving change and innovation. I do also believe that women in this industry have much to contribute and to gain. There needs to be more women in positions of influence throughout our industry who can drive innovation of snack products.”

Nadia Taylor

About the Speaker

As co-founder and director of leading food processing and packaging solutions provider, tna Solutions Pty Ltd., Nadia Taylor is actively engaged in the strategic development and operations of the business. With more than 40 years of experience in the snack food industry, in her role as director of tna, Taylor is responsible for business development and the management of tna’s growing global customer relationship program. After migrating to Australia from Egypt in the 1960s, Taylor founded tna with her husband & business partner, Alf Taylor in 1982. Starting out as a dream from her kitchen at home, Taylor’s drive and determination were instrumental in developing tna from a packaging pioneer, into a highly successful global business with over 30 sales & support offices around the world and more than 14,000 systems installed in over 120 countries.

In 1992, Taylor was acknowledged for her commitment to excellence as a finalist at the prestigious Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Awards. This was further endorsed in 2018 when Taylor along with her husband Alf, was presented with the Ethnic Business Award; one of Australia’s longest running and coveted business awards, by the Prime Minister, Hon. Scott Morrison, MP. Her accomplishments in her field won her further acclaim when Taylor was honored amongst outstanding Australians of Egyptian heritage at a reception commemorating Egyptian National Day. A proponent of inclusive growth, Taylor is deeply committed to sharing tna’s success with the lesser fortunate, especially children. tna’s extensive philanthropic initiatives, aid communities both at home in Australia and across the globe. Taylor’s efforts to lend support to socially excluded groups under the aegis of tna’s humanitarian programs also earned her a membership to the Order of Australia, in 2019.