Howard Smith, Jr., President of Virginia Dare Extract Co., is pleased to announce the appointment of Robert (Bob) J. Verdi as Business Director – Health & Wellness, starting July 30. Bob will be responsible for managing and developing the company’s health and wellness strategy and business.
Bob brings over 20 years food ingredient business and scientific experience to Virginia Dare, most recently managing Farbest Brands food ingredient business. He has held food industry positions with Novartis, BASF, Pfizer-Cultor Food Science, Hoechst-Celanese and CPC International.
Bob has a B.S. in food science and an M.B.A. in marketing from Rutgers University, and a Ph.D. in food chemistry from Cornell University.