Jonathan Merkle Chosen as IFT Fellow

May 6, 2010


Mindy Weinstein

Jonathan Merkle Chosen as IFT Fellow

Chicago, IL- Jonathan Merkle, Vice President, Research and Development/Technical Services, Michael Foods Inc., was elected Institute of Food Technologists (IFT) Fellow in 2010 for his excellence in mentoring food science students and for providing dynamic leadership within IFT.

Fellow is a unique professional distinction conferred on individuals with outstanding and extraordinary qualifications and experience for their contributions to the food science and technology field. The nominee must have been an IFT Member for 15 years and a Professional Member at the time of nomination. The 15-year member requirement may be waived by the Fellows Jury for those nominees who have spent all or a portion of their careers outside the United States.

As an expert in egg functionality, Merkle has provided innovative uses for processed eggs and has patented processing techniques for multiple applications for both human and animal food products. He has been a leader in numerous IFT workgroups and committees including the IFT Foundation Board of Trustees, IFT Student Association Board, and the IFT Board of Directors. Merkle has provided key research direction on U.S. Dept. of Agriculture technical issues, contributing to the design of a 10,000-square-foot USDA pilot plant facility and analytical laboratory, which enhances the organization’s ability to analyze complex food matrices. He is an active member of the University of Minnesota Food Science and Nutrition Advisory Council, and the National Center for Food Defense Technical Advisory Board.

IFT has conferred the Fellow designation on a select number of Professional Members every year since 1970. A complete list of Fellows can be found on the IFT Web site at: