Lycored, a global leader in natural lycopene-based color and taste-enhancing ingredients for food and beverages, has appointed Dr Jennifer Elegbede to lead application and product development strategy as Global Applications Manager of the company’s food business unit
Responsible for managing the application of Lycored’s natural colour, taste and texture ingredients and aligning them to deliver the food industry’s top nutritional and labelling goals, Elegbede will lead the applications development unit for the company’s food business unit world-wide.
Additionally, Elegbede will oversee the start-up of a new US-based applications lab, as well as manage operations of Lycored’s existing Swiss lab.
"We couldn’t be happier to have Jennifer leading Lycored’s application business strategy,” noted Tammi Higgins, Senior Vice President of Lycored’s Food Division.
“She’s brought so many great things to the team: insight, experience, leadership and a drive to deliver her best to colleagues and customers. We are anticipating her energy and vision will be returning great dividends, not only for Lycored but for all our customers too.”
Tasked to manage the start-up and operation of the company’s US-based Applications Lab, Elegbede will drive strategic product prioritisation across strategic platforms and global customer projects.
In her day-to-day role, Elegbede will support building the global opportunity pipeline by developing and building the application team’s operations and customer-facing capabilities.
“It is an exciting opportunity”, remarked Elegbede. “Lycored’s product portfolio is perfectly positioned to meet current wellness trends and the food industry’s increasing demand for all-natural ingredients."
Food developers are being challenged as never before to clean up their labels, reduce sugar and salt and zero out all animal or artificial ingredients. Fortunately, Lycored’s tomato-based lycopene science is helping customers meet every one of those challenges and more.”
Bringing with her more than 10 years of global B2C and B2B food industry experience Elegbede’s resume includes Kellogg’s, delivering pipeline research and innovative product solutions, Michael Foods Inc., responsible for R&D projects and the start-up of new processing facility, ConAgra, overseeing Marie Callendar’s brand innovation, and R&D and product development at Innophos Inc.
In her most recent role as a Senior Scientist & Project Manager for the Food & Beverage Commercial Team at Innophos, Elegbede was responsible for application solutions for phosphates in bakery and plant-based food applications as well as managing the delivery of Technical Solutions Based Launches.
Securing her doctorate in food science from Purdue University in 2016, Elegbede also holds a Master of Science degree in food science from Alabama A&M University and Bachelor of Science degree in food science and human nutrition from the University of Illinois.