Dan has been working in the food industry for over 25 years, starting in the trenches at Starbucks where he developed his deep love of good coffee and strong desire to work regular hours.
He then managed (in his words) to annoy his way into an internship at Mattson, the nation’s premier food product development firm, where they kept him and let him make things for over 11 years. While at Mattson he was featured in the 2005 Malcom Gladwell New Yorker article “The Bakeoff”.
He was lured away from Mattson by Windsor Foods in Hayward to lead part of the product development team for frozen Asian meals and appetizers. He then joined La Terra Fina, a fast growing, premium brand currently placed in the deli category with dips and quiche leading their portfolio.
Dan recently joined Hormel Foods where he is now heading up R&D for Columbus Craft Meats.