Karl Dias is founder and CEO of FATBOY Foods and its New England Made brand. As a USDA Certified Organic co-packer with operations in West Bridgewater, Massachusetts and Lincoln, Rhode Island, Karl specializes in producing value-added products, often from locally-sourced ingredients. Early in his career, visits to regional farms sparked an interest in helping growers make the most of their crops, particularly the “ugly” or processing fruit not destined for supermarkets. Today, his work is focused on applesauce and purees of fruits and vegetables from growers throughout New England. In developing an extensive network of regional farmers, buyers and distributors, Karl has partnered with large institutions with programs committed to the use of local produce, such as Harvard and Tufts University, as well as regional organizations devoted to bringing local produce to schools and other institutions, such as Massachusetts Farm to School and Worcester Food Hub. Karl is a former member of the Board of Directors for Bread of Life, Malden. He holds a BA in Psychology from Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts.