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  • Stephanie Bolton joins the Lodi Winegrape Commission
    Stephanie Bolton joins the Lodi Winegrape Commission

Alumna Dr. Stephanie Bolton was named New Grower Communications & Sustainable Winegrowing Director for Lodi Winegrape Commission on August 15, 2016. 

In her position at the Lodi Winegrape Commission, Bolton will provide targeted and daily support to Lodi winegrape growers in the areas of advanced grower education and outreach, marketing and promotions of the region’s diverse winegrapes, and – most notably – viticultural research and sustainability programming, including Lodi’s world-renowned Lodi Rules™ sustainable certification program. The Lodi AVA (Crush District 11) has one of the highest planted acreages of any AVA, with a unique profile where new vineyard plantings exist alongside century-old vines, soil types range from sandy loam to volcanic terrain, and just about every trellising system invented is being used. In this dynamic region, Bolton’s role is key in facilitating effective communications for progressive grape growing.   

Customized taste technology is used to develop great tasting products.

When Becky Brannon graduated in May of 2008, she had no worries about her future - she had a job waiting as an Associate Scientist at Newly Weds Foods. Becky's days are filled with exploration of seasonings and flavor coatings, fields that have grown dramatically as consumers look for more flavor variety and purchase more pre-seasoned, ready to eat food products.

"Everyday I get to play with food as a scientist and a chef. Sometimes my projects have loose parameters, and I can create whatever flavors I want. Other projects are exact duplications, and I have a sample of a current product to match exactly. Each day is dynamic because projects need to be completed within three to five days, and I usually have multiple projects to balance," Becky said. "This job is one I dreamt about as a student. I do a lot of sample making, some research with seasoning ingredients and lots of eating!"

Food Science at UGA helped prepare Becky for the technical aspects of her job. "As an undergraduate I tried to focus on the developing process in every class so that I was well prepared for a job like this one."