Edna started her journey to product development back in college when she got her biology degree in hopes she’d go into the medical field.
Deciding not to go into the medical field, she got an internship with Silliker Labs, in their food microbiology testing lab, where she analyzed all kinds of products (chocolate, ice cream, hospital meals, and the like) from a plethora of companies.
There, Edna found her passion, establishing the foundation for a 24-year career in product development, including the past eight years as a product development scientist in DPS’s R&D department.
“Before Silliker, I had no idea that food science existed,” she says. “I love being able to re-create foods I like, while drawing on different taste experiences to create something that hopefully everyone will like or want more of.”
Although creating flavors is fun, she’ll tell you it’s not for the faint of heart.
“In order to do this role, you can’t be afraid to taste interesting things,” she says. “That could mean tasting something with cricket flour or a hot, new and interesting cocktail recipe from Singapore that’s sweeping the Internet. It’s all about building and broadening your palate because you use both what you like and don’t like to help you develop products to a consumer profile.”