U.S – QualiTru Sampling Systems, leaders in the science of aseptic and representative sampling equipment for the food industry, has promoted Anne Bigalke to Vice President of strategic development and Barbara Grayes as Vice President of sales, as the company continues strengthening its impact in food quality and safety.
According to Ian Davis, the company’s CEO, Anne has played a pivotal role in QualiTru’s systems becoming the most trusted method for gathering aseptic and representative milk testing samples for thousands of large dairy farms, haulers and food processing plants across the world.
“In her new position, she will help QualiTru continue transforming toward even greater growth and market expansion,” he said.
Anne spent her summers as a youth assembling sampling kits at the family business. Prior to working at QualiTru, Anne worked in Malaysia managing six development centers. She returned to her roots in Minnesota and a job at QualiTru that kindled her passion for the dairy industry.
Barbara Grayes, who is also joining the company as its new Vice President of sales, has more than three decades of sales experience in the dairy, food processing, beverage, pharmaceutical and industrial industries.
“A respected and well-known industry professional, Barbara will play a critical role in helping our customers address the many demands of the rapidly evolving food and dairy production environment,” Davis said.
QualiTru has been investing in new markets, technologies, partnerships and employees to help the dairy and liquid food industry produce the safest and best quality food.
The company has increasingly partnered with universities to research sampling best practices and conducted field case studies to enable farmers and quality professionals to obtain the most accurate and representative process data.
Its website emphasizes science-backed solutions, providing invaluable resources for dairy and liquid food industry customers.
The CEO noted that food producers face extraordinary challenges, ranging from increased automation to exports, sustainability investments, volatile pricing and extended shelf-life requirements.
“QualiTru plays an increasingly important role in partnership with these companies, advancing in-process data collection to help them achieve more consistent product quality and availability,” he added.
Davis was appointed as the company’s Chief Executive Officer at the start of the month. He joined the Minnesota-based sampling equipment company with more than 25 years of senior level management experience, including roles in sales, operations and information technology in food, travel and logistics industries.
He began his career in the dairy industry, in his native British Columbia, and most recently served as Vice President of Operations for a privately held industrial services firm in Indiana.
QualiTru’s innovative sampling technologies are used to help the dairy and liquid food industries produce safe, high-quality products in over 30 countries worldwide.