Young Alum of the Month: Etzel Howell

Etzel Howell
Title and Company: 
Application Technologist, Flavors at Danisco
Jonesboro, GA
Major and Graduation Date: 
Food Science, 2002
Major Job/Position Responsibilities: 

I work with the other Innovation groups within Danisco, such as Ice Cream, Beverage, and Culinary, to help them determine the best flavor profile for the product they are developing. I determine the amount of flavor that should be used in a product or use existing flavors to develop new flavor concepts. For example, I can combine cherry and cake flavor in a chocolate pudding to come up with Black Forest Cake flavored pudding. I also work with newly created flavors and determine which food application area it works best in and at what level it should be used.

What you like most about your job/position: 

I love the creative aspect of my job. I have the ability to create new flavor concepts and to apply new and upcoming flavor trends to food. I also love having the opportunity to work with many different types of food, including yogurt, ice cream, beverages, soups, sauces, fruit snacks, and bread.

What advice would you give to current students: 

Take advantage of all of the internship opportunities offered. Try a new company and/or internship every year to help you explore all of the job opportunities out there in your career field.