Get to Know Hormel Ingredient Solutions

About Our Team

The unified team of experts from Hormel Ingredients and Burke Corporation brings decades of knowledge in the food industry and shared passion for serving customers through high-quality ingredients, industry-leading expertise, and collaborative partnerships.

Consumers are more interested now than ever before in a multi-sensory food experience. Our solutions-driven team is committed to meeting these needs with extensive resources, professional expertise, and superior products.

Meet the Dedicated Hormel Ingredient Solutions Sales Team

Kyle Behrens Sales Manager

By getting to know customers and their companies on multiple levels, Kyle prides himself on forming lasting connections. Kyle came to Hormel Ingredient Solutions shortly after graduating from Iowa State University with his Bachelor of Science in Agricultural Business. His goal each day is to be his customers’ go-to partner to bring their idea to life.

Favorite Hormel Ingredient Solutions Product:

Peanut Butter

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Kyle BehrensSales Manager

Jennifer Downs Sales Manager

From food quality and safety to product development and innovation, Jennifer’s extensive knowledge of the food industry has made her an asset to our customers for over 18 years. Her dedication to providing expert advice and forming lasting relationships. With a Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration from Middle Tennessee State University, she understands the importance of the marriage of quality and budget.

Favorite Hormel Ingredient Solutions Product:

Bacon Bits

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Jennifer DownsSales Manager

Lisa Kalla Senior Sales Manager

A dedicated professional in the ingredient industry for over 30 years, Lisa works closely with our Marketing team and Research and Development team. This helps her offer only the best possibilities to customers developing new formulations. Her background includes a Bachelor of Science in Food and Nutrition from the University of Minnesota Duluth and University of Minnesota Twin Cities.

Favorite Hormel Ingredient Solutions Product:

Beef & Pork Meatballs, Italian-Style w/Imported Pecorino Romano Cheese

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Lisa KallaSenior Sales Manager

Lynn Marchese Sales Manager

Building partnerships with customers helps Lynn to offer the right product at the right time and help bring your ideas to life. After graduating from Transylvania University with a Bachelor of Arts in Hospitality Management, Lynn has spent 30 years in the ingredient industry. Lynn currently resides in Kentucky.

Favorite Hormel Ingredient Solutions Product:

Plant-Based Crumbles, Fully Cooked

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Lynn MarcheseSales Manager

Andrew Michaelsen Senior Sales Manager

After graduating from Iowa State University with his Bachelor of Arts in Agricultural Studies, Andrew moved on to Missouri State University to receive his Masters of Meat Science Degree and Master of Business Administration Degree. For over a decade, he’s put his extensive knowledge about the agricultural and meat industry to work with Hormel Ingredient Solutions. When you work with Andrew, don’t be surprised if he cracks a joke or two...or ten.

Favorite Hormel Ingredient Solutions Product:

Bacon Fat w/Bacon

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Andrew MichaelsenSenior Sales Manager

Jennifer Purkapile Inside Sales Coordinator

Building strong relationships with customers helps Jennifer understand their goals and who their end consumers will be. She places an emphasis on being authentic with her customers so she can best show them exactly what our ingredients can help them accomplish.

Favorite Hormel Ingredient Solutions Product:

Turkey Stock

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Jennifer PurkapileInside Sales Coordinator

Cheryl Roth Sales Manager

With over 20 years in the ingredient industry, Cheryl works each day to find the right solutions for every customer. Her deep knowledge of our full product line coupled with her strong customer service skills help her collaborate with customers easily to find the exact ingredients needed to create incredible formulations.

Favorite Hormel Ingredient Solutions Product:

Bacon Fat

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Cheryl RothSales Manager

Nicole Shute National Sales Manager

With her Bachelor of Science in Agricultural Business from Iowa State University, Nicole has been working in the ingredient industry for over 20 years and with Hormel Ingredient Solutions for over 15 years. She’s passionate about helping customers find the right options for them and has fun exploring new opportunities to create new formulations.

Favorite Hormel Ingredient Solutions Product:

Chicken Stock - No Antibiotics Ever

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Nicole ShuteNational Sales Manager

Paul Sheehan Sales Director

A 25+-year veteran of the industry, Paul has a degree in Hotel & Restaurant Management from the University of Wisconsin - Stout. This background has been integral when it comes to customer service and understanding how important it is to anticipate needs. Paul works to understand customers and the end consumer in order to provide thoughtful ingredient solutions.

Favorite Hormel Ingredient Solutions Product:

HAND-PINCHED STYLE® Italian Sausage, Sweet Mild

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Paul SheehanSales Director

Partner with our Ingredient Experts

The solutions-driven team at Hormel Ingredient Solutions is ready to help answer questions and find the best solution for you. When you work with our team, you get access to our comprehensive network of resources, ensuring that your problem is solved efficiently and effectively.