Meet the Team

Industry-recognized experts in flavor science

Whether tasked with duplicating all-natural flavors, crafting traditional favorites or creating uniquely innovative options for your specific application; our team is ready to deliver.

KEVIN BERDAK

Every day offers new opportunities and challenges, and I love getting my hands dirty with each new project!

Principal Flavorist/Analytical Research Manager

Flavor Experience: 40 years

Certified Flavor Chemist: 29 years

Degree: Chemistry & Biology, University of Missouri St. Louis

From: St. Charles, MO

Fun Fact: Owns 2 caves in Missouri and 15 abandoned gold and silver mines in Colorado

Favorite Flavor: Dark Chocolate with Caramel

RICK GIBSON

The most rewarding thing about this job is going to a store and seeing a finished product of something I flavored. It doesn’t get any better than that.

Chief Flavor Chemist

Flavor Experience: 48 years

Certified Flavor Chemist: 28 years

Degree: Business & Chemistry, University of Missouri St. Louis

From: Wentzville, MO

Fun Fact: Plays guitar in a band called “Bonedaddy” and plays in the orchestra pit for musicals around St. Louis

Favorite Flavor: Danish Pastry (Cinnamon Bun)

JULIA POLLARD

Working side by side with customers is so valuable and rewarding. We open their eyes and they open ours.

Flavorist

Flavor Experience: 15 years

Degree: Food Science, Purdue University

From: Southern Indiana

Fun Fact: Product Development Manager for a large quick service restaurant for 5 years.

Favorite Flavor: Whiskey

ADAM BERGE

We thrive on the exhilarating challenge of catapulting brands into the spotlight, infusing the market with a burst of innovation and excitement that leaves a lasting impression.

Sr. Applications Manager & Technical Sales

Flavor Experience: 7 years

Degree: Food Science, University of Missouri, Columbia

From: St. Charles, MO

Fun Fact: Plays hockey for the Penguins (part of the Arch Hockey Men’s League) in St. Louis. They won the Middle A Division Championship in 2019. Wood working hobbyist.

Favorite Flavor: Cold Brew Old Fashioned

NICK VIRIYASIRI

Being able to apply my creative side as a chef with my love of Chemistry is a dream come true.

Flavor Scientist

Flavor Experience: 5 years

Degree: Master of Science in Chemistry, University of Missouri – St. Louis

From: St. Louis, MO

Fun Fact: Former Hibachi Chef, now Sushi Chef

Favorite Flavor: Toasted Marshmallow

HUNTER ROHLF

The coolest part about the flavor industry is that it involves both strong analytical sciences and creativity. We use both of these attributes in tandem to produce amazing flavors from the ground up.

Flavor R&D Lab Technician

Flavor Experience: 4 year

Degree: Food Science with a minor in Chemistry, University of Missouri-Columbia

From: St. Charles, MO

Fun Fact: I am an Eagle Scout

Favorite Flavor: Salted Watermelon

MEGAN SAMSON

Sensory research is a great tool that helps Beck and its customers through product development, ingredient changes, reformulations, product quality, consumer preferences, and more!

Sensory & Analytical Scientist

Sensory Experience: 6 years

Degree: Master of Science in Food Science, University of Missouri-Columbia

From: St. Louis, MO

Fun Fact: Megan used to produce and study Missouri Wine for research that supported the industry.

Favorite Flavor: Classic Lemon-Lime or Orange

LENA SAUER

In the flavor-making industry, creativity thrives, turning ingredients into art. Crafting flavors is a joyful journey of discovery, where every taste brings excitement. It’s a profession that blends science with art, making each day fulfilling and fun.

R&D Sample Coordinator

Sensory Experience: 3 years

Degree: Biology, West Virginia University. Business Administration and Management, University of Missouri – St. Louis.

From: St. Louis, MO

Fun Fact: Lena completed for her first full marathon at the GO! St. Louis marathon in April of 2024.

Favorite Flavor: Pumpkin Spice