September 2004 Edition
We Turn the Spotlight on...

Jean Fuchs

Program Quality Assurance Manager, Dairy

Sysco Corporation


Have you ever wondered just what kind of training is required of Sysco employees? What kind of knowledge and expertise are necessary for our quality assurance team? And, where do they get that training and what's involved?

For Jean Fuchs, Program Quality Assurance Manager - Dairy, with Sysco Corporation in Houston Texas; getting the training she needed included traveling to the University of Guelph in Guelph, Ontario for a week long Cheese Technology Course.

A Sysco Quality Assurance veteran, Jean has 22 years experience with Sysco and is dedicated to furthering her knowledge and in turn using that knowledge to ensure that Sysco customers get the best of all possible dairy products.

This past April under the tutelage of Dr. Art Hill, Department of Food Science, University of Guelph; whose teachings focus on research into cheese technology, dairy chemistry and dairy processing, Jean completed the Cheesemaking Technology Course.

Participants from across Canada, the U.S., and Korea learned the principles of cheesemaking through classroom instruction and in a pilot plant. Lectures and laboratory sessions provided instruction on starter culture techniques, cheese manufacture and curing as well as new technology.

The focus was on understanding the manufacturing principles of technological families of cheese rather than becoming expert in the manufacture of particular cheese varieties. Hands-on exercises in the pilot plant demonstrated the manufacture of Cheddar, Pastafileta, Gouda, Colby, Havarti, Feta, Camembert and processed cheese.

A boon for production and research dairy personnel as well as managers of dairy processing companies, ingredient suppliers, government personnel and anyone else who needs to know about cheese, the course was well attended and we are pleased to announce that Jean was presented with the academic achievement merit award.

The award was to be given to the student who the instructor felt provided the most knowledgeable feedback in the quality of questions, overall class participation, technical knowledge and volume of enthusiasm during the course.

Jean beat out 23 other participants to win the award edging out several other dedicated students based on her volume of enthusiasm and the quality of her questions. ยจ


Sysco Today Congratulates Jean. Sysco - the people and products you can count on.