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Neşe is a native of Ankara, Turkey. She received her Bachelor’s degree in Food Science and Technology from the University of Ankara, and obtained her Master’s degree in Food Science and Nutrition from the University of MN. She is currently leading a team of R&D sensory scientists for North America Region at Cargill, MN.


Neşe has started her career with Cargill in 2007 by working on developing Truvia® Table Top (TT) sweetener. Prior to joining Cargill, she has worked for Land O’Lakes as a Food Scientist in the sensory department. She has 20+ years of working experience in food industry. Her expertise includes food science, sensory science and applications. She has been an active member of Turkish American Association of Minnesota (TAAM) since 1995. She has held different positions within TAAM over the years. She currently volunteers her time serving as Turkish Folk Dance Instructor for TAAM. She has two kids Atakan Yurttaş and Sıla Yurttaş, and lives in Shoreview, MN.

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