CuliNex, a clean label food product consultancy, introduced two new members of the expanding product development team.
Michelle Tittl joined the CuliNex team in 2021 as a senior culinologist®. She comes to us with 13 years of product development experience from private label retail, CPG, and ingredient companies including Target, American Sugar Refining and Starbucks. Specializing in broad food categories including beverage, baking, cookies, bars, and foodservice operations, Tittl has led technical and culinary teams through rapid prototype development to meet key project objectives for clients. CuliNex has relied deeply on Tittl, with her curiosity and collaboration, as she provides operational and technical leadership to create innovative clean label product solutions that exceed our client expectations.
Tittl earned a Bachelor of Science in Food Science from the University of Wisconsin and an Accelerated Culinary Arts Certificate from the Culinary Institute of America-Greystone. She is inspired daily by her husband and their two daughters. In her free time, Tittl likes to hike, cycle the many trails throughout the city, host dinners with friends, and hunt for the best croissant in Seattle.
CuliNex would also like to introduce our newest culinologist® III, Jacqueline Sarmiento, who joined the organization in September. Currently she is deeply involved with clients researching and evaluating ingredient functionality, innovative technologies, consumer trends, packaging innovations and supporting co-packer testing, and bringing her exceptional communication skills and positive energy to new food product innovations.
Sarmiento brings eight years of experience in frozen food and fresh produce innovation, as well as quality control management, to the talented product development team at CuliNex. After earning a Bachelor of Science degree in Food Science and Technology from California State Polytechnic University in Pomona, Calif., Sarmiento joined Overhill Farms and later Ready Pac Foods/Bonduelle Fresh where she worked internationally helping to integrate teams in the US, France, Italy and Germany with new innovations and sustainable packaging.
CuliNex is a consulting firm providing product development and strategic business services focused on clean label food products. As a pioneer in clean label product development, CuliNex assists companies of all sizes in achieving their growth goals through the development and implementation of product driven strategies. Founded in 2005, CuliNex is a complete food development partner, offering an array of services to assist clients in innovating breakthrough concepts through commercialization. Our team has more than 100 years of combined experience working on a broad range of projects and partnering with clients of every size, from emerging brands to multibillion dollar CPG companies. Our approach to each project is thoughtfully crafted, comprehensive and custom designed for our clients.