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Food Technologist - Willoughby, OH

The Fremont Company





Food Technologist

Established in 1905 and still family owned and operated, The Fremont Companymanufactures, markets, and distributes food and beverage products worldwide. We strive to “Feed the World Like Family” and accomplish this through our collective belief in these guiding principles:

  • Create and supply the best tasting, easiest to use food products at the best value.
  • Challenge business as usual, finding better ways to grow with our customers.
  • Cultivate our organization so that it continues to be a great place to work.
  • Care for our local communities through donations of our talents and resources.

At the Fremont Company, food technologists research and develop new food products and/or improve the quality of existing products. They may also develop or improve the processing, packaging, storage, and safety of food in line with government and industry standards. The food technologist will research and develop a variety of food products including sauerkraut, pickled vegetables, ketchup, and BBQ sauces. This includes the development of new products from initial bench-top concept to a commercially producible product, provide technical support to other departments such as sales and production, and reverse engineering recipes.

Position will support our 3 food production facilities in Ohio and will be based at our facility in Willoughby, Ohio.

Candidates should have experience in the following areas product development:

  • Assist in the development of new products from concept to commercialization within cost and nutritional guidelines
  • Improve current products with regard to both cost and quality
  • Keep up-to-date knowledge on food trends and competitor analysis
  • Set-up, Supervise & Support production trial runs & new product launches at various factory locations, at times assisting QA and production in troubleshooting issues
  • Communicate with vendors and suppliers as needed, especially sourcing new ingredients, specifications, BOM’s, pricing and building relationships
  • Set-up & perform internal & external consumer sensory tests and manage real-time and accelerated shelf-life studies
  • Prepare samples in a Lab. Decide what ingredients and level are required to create finished products that meet a customer’s need. Assist in developing specific processing methods and participate in product scale-up and test runs as necessary. Document all work in a lab notebook appropriately.
  • Organize and order ingredients needed to prepare customer samples.
  • Duplicate formulas and make changes to existing formulas to meet target flavor profile. Accurately document formulas, specifications, and operating procedures.

Candidates should have the following basic qualifications:

  • Preferred 3-5+ years of R&D experience with Bachelor's degree in Food Science or related field
  • Culinary experience is highly desired, training/courses/certification or degree preferred
  • Advanced knowledge of Food Science principles
  • Project Management Experience
  • Knowledge and understanding allergens/gluten free, GMO, organic and food regulations
  • Standardization of developed formulas for the manufacturing facilities
  • Writing and issuing plant test/start up plans and reports
  • Leading or supporting new product ideas, ingredients, formulas, and processing as well as optimizing cost and efficiency on existing formulas and processes
  • Certification from the Institute of Food Technologist’s is helpful, but not required.

The Fremont Company is an equal opportunity employer and is committed to a diverse workforce. Hiring decisions are made without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics, disability status, age, marital status, protected veteran status, or any other protected class. The Company conducts post- offer drug screens as well as a criminal background check.

About The Fremont Company
The Fremont Company is a 113-year-old consumer food products company, headquartered in Fremont, OH. The Fremont Company manufactures, markets, and distributes store brand and branded food products to customers worldwide, including private brand ketchup, Frank’s Sauerkraut, Mississippi BBQ Sauce, and Paisley Farm Bean Salad.

Job Type: Full-time


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