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Alum Interview: John Hinds

Meet Kansas State Bakery Science Alum, John Hinds! Class of 2011. Current Role: Operations Manager Favorite Baked Good: To eat- Cheese Danish or donuts. To make- sourdough bread.

What is your current role & past experience within the industry?

  • Current role is in operations at Cain Food overseeing warehouse, logistics and procurement. Main function is to connect the 3 departments to make sure there is open communication, optimization of the processing and leadership in commercialization initiatives. Supplier relationships are key, and it is fun to interconnect those groups as well as gain a broader understanding of different roles within the company. Day to day involves a lot of teams meetings, excel sheets, loves to get into applications lab!

  • Prior to that John managed the Innovation side, starting at 6am to get applications bakery fired up to run with new ingredients with a focus on clean label as well as enzymes and cultured products. He also ran applications studies in bread/grained based foods like breads, buns, and snacks.

  • John’s background is in ingredient functionality, years ago he worked for Bimbo, supervising high speed cake donut lines, high speed bread lines, high speed bun/roll lines. Starting in a supervising role right out of school, John found his main challenge to be that the team expects you to know what you're doing and take responsibility quickly.

How did you learn about Bakery Science? Why would you recommend a degree in Grain Science?

  • Like many, John had no idea the baking program existed, and initially wasn't planning on going to go to K-State but his siblings were already attending – his sister had a friend who recently graduated from baking science and recommended to check the program out. John decided to join the program since he had always loved science, but never knew you could major in something that combines science and creativity!

  • John would recommend a degree in grain science because this degree gets you a step above everyone else at college graduation with a great prospective career. It is a fun industry; most people don't leave from graduation to retirement. You get to create something the community loves! It is rewarding to take a product from an idea to commercialization and see your product on shelf at the store.

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