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Leprino Foods - Director Of International Product Development Resume Example

Ella Peterson
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Director of International Product Development Jan 2013Apr 2014 Leprino Foods Denver, CO

Directed and consulted a team of 8 Food Scientists, Sales, Marketing, Cullinary, and Technicians on the development of products for foreign markets from conceptualization through commercialization.
Delivered above target, double digit growth rate in the first year.
Profit margins of products above target and above corporate standards.
Designed and implemented new product format to drive growth in Asian and Australian markets.
Wroked directly with legal cousel and regulatory officials in select geographies to assure products and product concepts are compliant to country requirements and import requirements.
Acted as main technical contact to customers and responsible for presenting product concepts to existing and potential customers.
Investigated potential markets to identify product requirmeents and market needs in consideration of where to play geographies.

Director, Product Development Sep 2001Jan 2013 Leprino Foods Denver, CO
Manager, Product Development Jun 1995Sep 2001 Leprino Foods Denver , CO

Managed a group of 3-4 technicians and food scientist responsible for the development and commercialization of new cheese products.
Responsible for the largest volume customers for the company.
Driectly responsible for the development of products that secured sole supply relationships with national chains.
Designed products and built product strategy during a period of double digit growth in revenue and profit.

Pilot Plant Supervisor - Polylactic Acid Project Apr 1991Aug 1992 Cargill Wayzata , MN Oversee the construction of a large scale pilot plant for production of lactide, the monomer needed for the production of polylactic acid, a biocompotable plastic.  Started up pilot plant 3 months ahead of schedule.
Managed a team of 3 additional individuals responsible for operation of the pilot plant.   Responsible for getting the pilot plan fully operational and stabilized.
Started initial bench-scale studies of lactide purification and polymerization into final polylactic acid compound.
Master of Science : Microbial Engineering Feb 1995 University Of Minnesota - BioProcess Technology Institute St Paul, MN
Bachelor of Science : Double Major, Microbiology and Biochemistry Mar 1992 University of Minnesota - College of Biological Sciences Minneapolis, MN
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Previous Companies:

  • Leprino Foods
  • Cargill

Previous Job Positions:

  • Director of International Product Development
  • Director
  • Product Development
  • Manager
  • Pilot Plant Supervisor Polylactic Acid Project


  • University Of Minnesota - BioProcess Technology Institute
  • University of Minnesota - College of Biological Sciences

Level of Education:

  • Master of Science
  • Bachelor of Science

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