Mann Packing Co., Salinas, Calif., has hired Rachael Hackbarth as director of research and development.

“As we continue to grow, we need a well-qualified staff that can objectively review new products and help us evaluate from a technical perspective their market viability,” said Lorri Koster, vice president of marking, in a news release. “We’re thrilled to have someone of Rachael’s caliber on our team.” 

Hackbarth will work on new product development, a role she had at Fresh Express, Salinas, for 15 years, according to the release. She will also work with marketing, sales and operations.

A graduate of California Polytechnic State University with a degree in nutritional science, Hackbarth also has experience in nutrition labeling and regulatory compliance, according to the release. Along with Leslie Tripp, director of product management, and Koster, Hackbarth is a part of Mann’s Product Innovation program.


Mann Packing hires research and development director