The National Food Lab (The NFL), a consulting and testing firm supporting the food and beverage industry, has recently elevated several of its tenured experts as part of a new structure designed to add increased value to their base of clients. 


Effective immediately, Dr. Wilfredo Ocasio, a 25-year veteran of The NFL, assumes the role of Chief Science Officer of Food Safety, where he will focus on providing critical technical, regulatory and methodological insights for clients, other external stakeholders, and The NFL’s large team of food safety, microbiology and process authority subject matter experts.

Julie Hill, who has been with The NFL for 26 years, takes on the role of Senior Vice President of Lab Services, where she will oversee all laboratory functions and services offered by The NFL in the areas of Food Contaminants (pesticide residue, heavy metal and economic adulterant analyses), Food Chemistry and Analytical Microbiology.

Debbie Lohmeyer, another tenured NFL veteran of 15 years, takes on the role of Senior Vice President of Consulting Services, which includes the company’s custom work in its product design (product/process development, sensory/consumer research), food safety, and process authority/aseptic divisions.

“I am very pleased and proud to acknowledge Wilfredo, Julie and Debbie with their new assignments, which are part of a new organizational structure we implemented to reflect and build upon our core vision of providing the best consulting and testing services for our current and future clients” said Kevin Waters, President&CEO of The NFL.