Takasago Adds New Hires to Flavor Division

Takasago Flavors has added new operational, technical and marketing experts to its group.

Joseph P. Leone was named director, flavor manufacturing for Takasago’s flavor division. Prior to joining Takasago, Leone held key operations, supply chain and procurement roles with Bontoux, Dale and Thomas Popcorn, Kerry Ingredients, J. Manheimer and Givaudan. He is a member of the Institute of Food Technologists and the American Production and Inventory Control Society. Leone will be reporting to Takasago’s vice president of operations, Bill Bushman.

Craig Kostick has joined Takasago USA as a sensory analyst. Kostick becomes part of Takasago’s global sensory group, which applies sensory techniques and insights to support innovative product development. Kostick will report to Teresa Pendergast, manager of sensory evaluations.

Sarah McCabe has joined Takasago USA as a senior flavorist. McCabe brings more than 12 years of experience to Takasago from Dragoco and Symrise, where she developed a track record of creating winning flavors for sweet and beverage applications. She reports to Amby Mankoo, vice president, flavor division.

Takasago USA has also expanded its marketing department. Carolyn Chen has joined the company as senior marketing coordinator with responsibilities that include fulfillment of product requests from Takasago affiliates, assisting the marketing team with data collection and conducting trend research. Jean Merrill has joined Takasago as a senior graphic design specialist, and works on customer presentations and handouts, promotional marketing materials and displays for events.

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