Areas of Expertise
Marianne recently retired as the Dairy Safety and Quality Coordinator for the Wisconsin Center for Dairy Research. She has over 35 years of experience in dairy food safety, butter grading and dairy manufacturing including her past positions working for USDA-Dairy Division and Land O’ Lakes.
Marianne coordinated the only Butter-makers Workshop held in the US. The workshop is a two-day course that covers a variety of topics including butter manufacturing, cleaning and sanitation, packaging, sensory evaluation and food safety. Marianne can answer questions regarding quality and processing issues, regulatory requirements of grading butter, and food safety of butter.
Marianne has trained dairy manufacturers in PCQI and dairy food safety, performed third party audits, acted as a liaison between government agencies and industry, and assisted in implementation of food safety plans.
Marianne received the 2020 American Cheese Society Lifetime Achievement Award and the 2021 WCMA Babcock Award. Marianne holds a Bachelor of Science in Food Science from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.