Face-to-Face: Meet Jesse Stinson May 2016

Ever wonder if anyone else is facing the same professional challenges as you? Or just looking to connect with some new people in your field? In IFT's Face-to-Face series, we will be introducing you to a different IFT member every month with a fun, insightful Q&A session.


Jesse StinsonThis month meet...

Jesse Stinson, application manager, Sweet Bakery Goods, Corbion

  1. How did you get your start in the food science world?
    When I was growing up, I was interested in science and math, so I was leaning toward a career in pharmacy or medicine. But, during my junior year in high school, I went to a career fair and heard about the bakery science program at Kansas State University. I loved baking, so that sounded really interesting to me. I visited the school and I was hooked!

  2. What do you love about your job?
    I love that there’s always something new to learn. Baked goods are a complex food matrix. Ingredients, processing, and storage all play a role in the success of the final baked product. There are always new areas to study and new combinations to consider, and I love that.

  3. What is the biggest challenge that you face in your job?
    The biggest challenge is probably keeping up with the constantly changing consumer trends. It goes back to what I love about the job, though: We’re always looking for new ways to provide unique solutions for our customers so they can stay on track with those consumer trends.

  4. What have you learned or been exposed to in the past 12 months that has helped you in your job?
    Last year, my team at Corbion was working on an innovative solution and I really saw how important it is to be proactive, and put in the necessary time and preparation before a customer needs a solution. By doing the research and study ahead of time, we have the science prepared so when the right customer comes along at the right time, we’re ready. We have the technology in place for quick success.

  5. How do you see the food industry evolving over the coming year?
    I think the trend for cleaner labels will continue. And, in the next couple of years, I think regulatory issues will be a major topic for our industry, whether we’re talking about removing PHOs, labeling GMOs, or including “added sugar” on nutrition labels. Regulatory issues will play a big role in the years ahead.

  6. Fun Fact: What’s your favorite food?
    My grandma’s secret, family-recipe icebox cake. You can Google it and find a recipe—but it won’t be grandma’s recipe!

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