Brenda Knapp-Polzin is currently Director of R&D and Technical Services at Cargill Kitchen Solutions, a company focused on value-added egg products for the food industry. She is responsible for providing strategic direction supporting CKS long-term growth and profitability though leadership in innovation, product development, research, product quality, and food safety.
Prior to Cargill, she held a variety of R&D and managerial positions in the technical communities of General Mills and Pillsbury, where she was responsible for a wide portfolio of products.
Brenda is from Nebraska and attended University of Nebraska - Lincoln where she received her B.S. and M.S. She is active in National and Minnesota Section IFT, and is passionate about the blending of food science and culinary art. She lives in Minneapolis, MN with her husband David Polzin, Professor of Veterinary Medicine. She and David have 4 children. Her hobbies include power walking, travel, exploration of wine and cuisine, book clubs, gardening, biking, and all types of skiing.