News Release: S&D Names Nakata VP of Culinary and Innovation

CONCORD, N.C. – S&D Coffee & Tea, America’s largest custom roaster and the largest supplier of iced tea to the foodservice industry, has hired Eric Nakata as vice president of culinary and innovation.

Nakata, a graduate of the California School of Culinary Arts, has worked in culinary research and development and product development innovation for 15 years. A classically French-trained chef, he has worked with Master Chefs Walter Urweider, Michael Formachella, and Luis Mendoza and has cooked for a host of dignitaries and celebrities, including U.S. and foreign presidents, star athletes and Hollywood VIPs.

Over the past ten years, Nakata has worked with Newly Weds Foods to develop their signature batters, breading and seasonings; as director of research and development for Beverages at Mont Blanc Gourmet; as an embedded chef at McDonald’s Corporation; and as senior culinary innovations chef for Nestle. A fan of Asian and California cuisine, he has a history of successful product creations, including liquid and powdered beverages, ambient shelf-stable snacks, frozen and fried side dishes, and a tantalizing array of refrigerated sauces, spreads and marinades.

“We have always admired Eric’s flair for creative culinary solutions,” said S&D executive vice president Brian Bradley. “His leadership will be vital as we continue to bring innovative products to the Foodservice Industry.”