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Beverage Product Development Scientist


Winston-Salem, NC, 27103

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The Beverage Product Development Scientist is responsible for global beverage development projects, taking them from concept through commercial launch, leading Krispy Kremeís new beverage product innovation pipeline in collaboration with Marketing and R&D team members. This position actively innovates and develops products/concepts to deliver high quality programs that meet the goals and strategies of Krispy Kreme.


  • Drive beverage ingredient, flavor, and technology innovation, acting as internal champion for new game-changing products, moving projects through the development pipeline.
  • Hands-on development of new beverage prototypes against required consumer, safety, regulatory, commercialization and cost parameters.
  • Scale and commercialize prototypes.
  • Develop vendor and supplier relationships to effectively source ingredients that meet Krispy Kreme specifications.
  • Conduct stability assessments of beverage components (ingredients, mix packets, flavors) as well as finished beverage.
  • Conduct sensory tests of prototypes to assure they meet consumer and marketplace objectives.
  • Work with training and operations on recipe cards, preparation instruction and additional executional materials.
  • Maintain proper documentation on product formulations, beverage specifications, processing procedures, testing evaluations, along with any other technical documents and vendor communications that allow for consistent and reliable execution in the development process.
  • Efficiently manage multiple development timelines, integrating key stage-gate/milestones into overall new product plan in conjunction with a cross-functional team.
  • Stay abreast of global food and beverage trends and products, bringing ongoing flow of new ideas and products to the innovation pipeline in alignment with business unitís strategic direction.
  • Participate in evaluation of retail shop beverage equipment needs along with operations, manufacturing services and supply chain.
  • Support day to day issue resolution.
  • Other responsibilities as assigned.


  • BS or MS Degree in Food Science or Food Chemistry
  • Minimum of 5 years experience in Product Development with at least 3 years in Beverage Product Development
  • Global product development experience preferred
  • Proven experience developing compelling, successful beverage product platforms
  • Fluent in experimental design
  • Strong working knowledge of consumer and sensory testing protocols and business understanding of statistical design and interpretation
  • Ability to effectively leverage a global supplier base and consistently drive innovation
  • Strong knowledge of food and beverage labeling protocol, nutritional claims and food and beverage regulatory affairs
  • Passion for food, beverage and culinary world
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office products
  • Excellent analytical and problem solving skills
  • Proactive, results oriented
  • Strong organizational skills with a proven ability to move multiple projects forward in a constructive and positive manner
  • Exceptional attention to detail
  • Customer service oriented for both internal and external partners
  • Ability to work effectively under tight deadlines and in high-pressure situations
  • Proven ability to effectively multitask
  • Outstanding communication skills (written and verbal)
  • Always ready to help and learn

Krispy Kreme supports a diverse and drug free workplace. EOE. EVerify Employer.

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