Dr. Jonathan Merkle is the Chief Science Officer and Vice President of Science and Technology for Michael Foods, Inc. He serves as the process authority and is responsible for sound implementation of science and technology throughout the company. In addition, he is responsible for the technical evaluation and business implementation for products intended for the nutrition, personal care, and pharmaceutical segments of Michael Foods. He previously held the position of Vice President, Research and Development, responsible for the research, development, and technical services for processed egg, potato, and cheese products.
Dr. Merkle received his Bachelor of Science degrees from Pennsylvania State University in Food Science and Animal Bioscience; his Masters of Science in Food Science from North Carolina State University; and his Doctorate in Philosophy from the University of Minnesota in Food Science. Michael Foods is a food manufacturer that sells in the food service, retail, and food ingredient channels and is recognized as a leader in the manufacture and distribution of extended shelf life refrigerated products. Michael Foods sells eggs under the brand names of Michael Foods, Papetti's, M.G. Waldbaum, Inovatech, and Abbotsford Farms. For retail, Crystal Farms is a leader in pasteurized egg white under the All Whites brand and second in the egg substitutes with Better 'N Egg.
Dr. Merkle is has been awarded about 20 US and international patents in the area of egg processing. He is a professional member of the Institute of Food Technologists (IFT) and was awarded the Fellow distinction in 2010. Other service includes the Chairman of the IFT Foundation Board of Trustees; IFT Executive Board; Food Update Foundation Board; University of Minnesota Food Science and Nutrition Advisory Council, and the National Center for Food Defense Technical Advisory Board.