Meet Our VP of Science: Scott Riefler

Our VP of Science, Scott Riefler is literally bringing rocket science to the kitchen. He’s our in-house Certified Food Scientist, and so much more.

When he’s not in the lab doing science-y stuff, he’s around town giving talks and speaking in roundtable discussions about all things cannabis science. But before we get into Scott’s present, let’s look at where he’s been:

Before his role at Tarukino, Scott was on the TIC GUMS leadership Team, a producer of hydrocolloids (aka gum). Basically they make the gum solution that makes gum chewy.

Scott joined TIC in 2000 after spending twenty years in the aerospace industry with industry leader, American Cyanamid/Cytec Industries, serving the aircraft industry with structural adhesives and advanced composite systems. After his role of Global Technical Director, he became involved in mergers and acquisitions, assisting industry consolidation.  

Now that you’ve gotten to know Scott, Tarukino’s VP Science, check out some of his upcoming events if you’re into the same nerdy stuff as we are!

International Food Technologists: Webinar, June 2018, panel member: Legalized Cannabis and Hemp Edibles-Processing and Safety (do we want to lead with a TBD date?)

July 8-11, 2018, Salt Lake City; Panel Member

International Association for Food Protection: IAFP 2018 Annual MeetingIdentifying Knowledge Gaps Surrounding the Safe Production, Sale and Consumption of Cannabis and Cannabis-related Products

July 15-18, 2018, Chicago; Moderator

International Food Technologists: IFT 18 Annual Meeting

Carbohydrate Functionality in Stabilizing Food Emulsions: Science, Formulation, Processing Conditions, Texture, and Physical Stability. (Non-cannabis)

October 24-27, 2018, Longboat Key, FL; Speaker

National Association of Flavor and Food Ingredient Systems (NAFFS):

Flavor Opportunities within the Cannabis Market

Karen Locke

Karen Locke

Karen is a writer, author, and content strategist with nearly ten years of writing experience. With a concentration on food, drink, and travel, she's written for GQ, Bon Appétit, Sip Northwest, Thrillist, and more. You can find her in dimly lit bars and restaurants, or exploring the Pacific NW when she's not writing full time.

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