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Red Gold announces the Recipient for the 2021 Purdue Food Science Scholarship


June 1, 2021

Elwood, Indiana (June 1, 2021) – Emily Lansing has been named the 2021 Red Gold Food Science Scholarship Award recipient. The Red Gold Purdue Food Science Scholarship is awarded to Purdue University students with strong aptitudes for a career in food science. In addition to the scholarship, Red Gold rewards the recipient with a paid internship at their Corporate Headquarters, along with hands-on experience at their three state-of-the-art food processing facilities and in their product development lab. “We are proud to present this opportunity to students who excel in Purdue’s challenging Food Science program.  Red Gold is committed to industry leadership in advanced food manufacturing and we are excited to support the next generation of food scientists,” says Elizabeth Swadener, Director of Human Resources at Red Gold.

Emily is the daughter of Tom & Jeanine Lansing of Indianapolis, IN. Emily is currently a junior working towards her Bachelor’s degree from Purdue University majoring in Food Science.  Emily worked last summer at Gordon Food Service as a Sales Associate assisting customers, stocking the store, and assuring food safety.  She is very active on campus and is currently the Director of Fundraising for her sorority, Delta Gamma. Emily also loves to cook and bake in her free time. Emily says, “I am most excited to gain hands-on experience in the food industry and develop a new product that could potentially be reintroduced as a starting point for the Red Gold product development team. I am looking forward to formulating a new product of my own while gaining valuable experience in product development that I can have for future careers. After my internship, I hope to gain a better understanding of the product development position, so I can have better sense in the direction I would like to take in my career path.”

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“Our Product Development internship at Red Gold offers outstanding opportunities for Food Science students.  They are fully immersed into our business environment, gaining valuable experience while providing great insight into their future career paths.  In addition, they are able to develop professional skills while growing their confidence in a real-world setting.  Having the opportunity to contribute and make a positive impact allows them, as well as all of their Red Gold teammates, to truly benefit from this experience.  It is a wonderful program of which Red Gold is very proud to provide.” says Emil Shemer, Director of Product Development. 

Sahand Faghihi, Director of Quality says, “Red Gold’s internship program is a great opportunity for college students to gain exposure to a manufacturing and business environment.  This experience will help them early in their careers to see where they want to go with their future. Working in Corporate Quality Assurance, Interns are exposed to a multitude of different facets of the business. They get to work with plant quality teams in a manufacturing environment, food regulatory and compliance at a corporate level, and interact with our corporate sales teams.”

Food Science is an applied, interdisciplinary field that applies the basic sciences, mathematics, and engineering to convert agricultural commodities into edible foods and beverages. Red Gold seeks individuals who share our values, passion and commitment to leave a positive and lasting imprint with their performance and ability to build strong relationships. 

About Red Gold,
Four generations of the Reichart family have been producing the world’s freshest, best tasting tomato products since 1942.  When the US entered WWII, the government asked citizens to step up and help the war effort and the call was answered.  Since then, Red Gold has become the largest privately owned tomato processor in the nation with three state-of-the-art facilities in Elwood, Geneva, and Orestes, Indiana.  The company also boasts a million square foot distribution center in Alexandria and operates the subsidiary RG Transport trucking fleet in Elwood.   Red Gold partners with local family farms across Indiana, southern Michigan, and Northwest Ohio to sustainably produce premium quality canned tomatoes, ketchup, sauces, salsas, and juices for foodservice, private brands, brands, export, co-pack, club and retail channels of distribution.  The Red Gold family of consumer brands includes Red Gold, Redpack, Tuttorosso, Tomato Love, Sacramento, Huy Fong Sriracha, and Redneck Riviera 1776 BBQ.  Superior Quality, Outstanding Service and Operational Excellence are the shared values that contributed to the employee-created mission statement: “To produce the freshest, best tasting tomato products in the world.”  Visit the award winning website for great recipes, tips and culinary inspiration… RedGoldTomatoes.com!

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