MeriTerese Racanelli, M.S., a graduate of the Nutrition and Food Science program, was recently selected as a Nutritionist and Food Scientist for Goya Foods. Goya serves as the largest Hispanic-owned food company in the United States and offers a variety of healthy product lines featuring low sodium and organic beans, organic brown rice and quinoa, frozen vegetables and fruits, coconut water and beverages, as well as household staples like olive oil and low sodium condiments.
Ms. Racanelli studied pre-med/biology during her undergraduate career; she went on to obtain a Master of Science degree in Nutrition/Food Science from Montclair State in 2008 and her ADA Certificate in January of 2010. As a Food Scientist Product Developer, she successfully created and produced products, recipes, and nutritional programs that supported her ongoing training in clinical nutrition and their effects on the body's health. Ms. Racanelli is a member of the American Society of Nutrition, the Academy of Nutrition & Dietetics, the New Jersey Dietetic Association, the American College of Sports Medicine, the National Nutritional Foods Association, and the National Hispanic Health Foundation.
With over 15 years of experience in the field, Ms. Racanelli will now oversee Goya's research and development team on the nutritional benefits of specific ingredients, products, and recipes associated with the variety of Hispanic origins of Goya consumers. She will educate consumers on strategies that incorporate natural food into their every day diets and that also aid in weight management, diabetes, disease and more.
"We're pleased to have MeriTerese as part of our wellness team and to help us expand our healthy product line while educating our consumers about the overall benefits of Goya products and of Hispanic foods," says Bob Unanue, President of Goya Foods. "MeriTerese's experience will help us to develop new products and recipes that will provide excellent food options for our consumers to live a healthy lifestyle and will aid in the reduction of various health conditions that are on the rise among the Hispanic community including diabetes, obesity, high cholesterol and blood pressure."
On behalf of Montclair State University, the College of Education and Human Services proudly congratulates our aluma, MeriTerese Racanelli, and sincerely wish her success in her new role with Goya Foods!