Food professionals may not have the opportunity to visit Tulin Tuzel’s home. Yet, they can see Tuzel’s home away from home at Sabra Dipping Company LLC.
Tuzel is chief technology officer for Sabra and Obela Global, the refrigerated dip and spreads ventures (domestic, international) of PepsiCo and Israel’s Strauss Group. After building a state-of-the-art hummus processing plant in Colonial Heights, Va., in 2010, the partners broke ground in 2012 for an attached, 20,000-sq-ft Center of Excellence (COE) for R&D and culinary innovation. Sabra officially opened the facility last April; four months later, Tuzel hosted a visit from Prepared Foods.