ZoomEssence, Inc. Expands Culinary Innovation Team
Company names Jeff Stopa as research chef and Duncan Fader as vice president of strategic accounts
ZoomEssence, Inc. (Zoom) welcomed Jeff Stopa to its creative and applications team and Duncan Fader to its commercial group. Stopa, a Certified Research Chef®, will lead Zoom's culinary innovation efforts to showcase the superior performance of DriZoom® powder flavors in bakery, savory, snack and foodservice applications. As vice president of strategic accounts, Fader will continue the expansion of Zoom's commercial efforts to the foodservice, snacks, bakery and confectionary markets. These key additions demonstrate Zoom's commitment to culinary innovation using DriZoom powder flavors.
Stopa joins Zoom from Wild Flavors, where he was a senior scientist and research chef focusing on the optimization of flavor and color applications in sweet and savory finished products. A graduate of the New England Culinary Institute, Stopa brings nearly three decades of industry experience to his role.
"Jeff's practical understanding of wholesale bakery operations, product development in foodservice and prepared foods adds a valuable skillset to Zoom's technical team enhancing our capabilities to deliver consumer preferred DriZoom powder flavors," commented Robert Corbett, Zoom's CEO.
Most recently, Fader's responsibility as vice president of sales at Coffee Flour included spearheading the acquisition of distributors and sales partners for a new sustainable coffee flour product. Fader previously was regional sales manager at Matsutani America where he was instrumental in expanding the sales of specialty food ingredients, with particular emphasis on foodservice accounts. He holds a bachelor's degree in business administration from University of Prince Edward Island and has over 10 years of experience in marketing and sales of products to the food and beverage industries.
"Duncan's entrepreneurial experience in developing new customers as well as managing sales at existing key accounts will be extremely beneficial as Zoom expands its efforts into new market segments. We are excited to have him as part of our commercial team," Corbett explained.