The Farbest Team

The customer always comes first – it’s a value shared by all of us here at Farbest. That’s why we’re always accessible and committed to applying our extensive experience in application development, technical service, market trends, and logistics to help our customers solve problems and reach their goals.

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Daniel M. Meloro

President and Chairman

"Farbest is second to none in representing the most ethical manufacturers and products in the world. We are constantly visiting suppliers looking for the ingredients our customers need for their changing markets."

As President and Chairman at Farbest, Dan travels globally and maintains relationships with some of the largest food and nutritional ingredient suppliers in the world. His unique perspective on the globalization of the food supply chain and rapidly accelerating industry changes serves Farbest customers well, particularly in navigating market trends. Son of Farbest founder Michael Meloro, Dan joined Farbest in 1976 and continues his father’s legacy of honesty, integrity, and superior customer service. His prior roles include serving as an Officer of W.E. DuMore, Inc., Senior Vice President and Partner of Egg Corporation of America, and founded Nature's Hearth, Inc., a manufacturer of retail products for the natural foods market. He also served a three-year term on the Federal Reserve Bank of New York’s Small Business Advisory Council.
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Bob Claire

Senior Vice President

"As a partner at Farbest Brands, I am particularly proud of the strong relationships we've developed with our customers and suppliers. The can-do attitude displayed by our employees throughout the organization has been essential in managing our customers' needs."

A dairy protein and sweeteners specialist, Bob has more than 40 years of experience in the food, health, and nutrition industries. He previously held sales and marketing roles with Durkee Foods' Edible Oil Division and with Express Foods, where he was instrumental in developing market opportunities for caseinates and whey proteins. As Senior Vice President at Farbest, Bob closely follows the global market and provides valuable insight into trends, forecasting, and resourcing. Bob draws upon this in-depth industry knowledge to help our customers find the right products and solutions to achieve their goals.

Bob is a sports fan, an avid golfer, and enjoys spending time with friends and family.
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Chip Jackson

Senior Vice President

"Over the 30-plus years I’ve been with Farbest, the driving factor of the company has been customer service and it will always be that. We want to make the customer happy. I enjoy coming up with solutions to make operations quicker, faster, and easier for our customers. Those are fun challenges to solve."

Chip’s 50 years of experience in the food industry includes building multiple food plants for industrial ingredients, creating new products, and managing manufacturing operations. As Senior Vice President and a technical liaison for protein systems and manufacturing, Chip enjoys working with customers to solve technical challenges, develop custom packaging, and run their operations more efficiently. Prior to joining Farbest, Chip held manufacturing and operations roles for Southland Corporation (7-Eleven), Express Foods, and Inland Sugar Co.

Outside of work Chip enjoys riding his Quarter Horse in the mountains of Arizona.
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Brent Lambert

Vice President, Sales

"We care deeply about our customers and we tell the truth. We place a huge emphasis on good service, value, communication, and partnership so that our customers can make great decisions."

Brent has more than 35 years of experience in specialty ingredient development, sales, and marketing. With his in-depth technical knowledge, Brent is a perfect fit for his role in expanding applications for various food ingredients, including nutritional applications for plant and dairy proteins. His vast experience with gum acacia extends to using fiber and high-potency gums in a variety of beverage applications. He also focuses on animal nutrition. For the last 13 years, Brent has worked with Farbest’s protein supply partners to develop pricing strategies and advise on new ingredients to bring to market.

As a resident of the Jersey Shore, Brent enjoys boating and saltwater fishing. He also serves on the parent advisory board of a local facility for children with special needs.
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Michael Sepela

Sales Director

"I believe in building strong relationships with our customers and implementing mutually beneficial deals that last a lifetime. I’m always looking for new ways to communicate with and drive more effective experiences for our customers, as well as to create fresh strategic alliances."

With 30 years of experience in the food, supplement, and companion animal industries, Mike brings a strong focus in relationship building to his role at Farbest. He’s highly knowledgeable in product sourcing and is an expert at driving sales, building strong teams, and implementing strategy. Before joining the team, Mike worked mainly with food supplements, vitamins, minerals, emulsifiers, premixes, and specialty milk protein products.

When Mike’s not at work, he enjoys being with his family, spending time with his granddaughter, and pursuing nature photography. He’s especially proud of a photograph he took off the coast of Alaska of a baby humpback whale in breech.
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Cheryl Pasiut

National Sales Manager

"I get a lot of joy and satisfaction out of seeing other people succeed and finding solutions that benefit everyone. Even after 35 years, I still learn something new every day."

Cheryl brings more than 35 years of experience in the food, beverage, and dietary supplements industry to her role as National Sales Manager, where she leverages active listening skills and a collaborative work ethic to discover customers’ unmet needs. Her strategic thinking and creative problem solving allow her to find innovative solutions for our customers—and to foster a cooperative team environment where everyone can succeed.

When Cheryl’s not at work, she enjoys volunteering with her town’s local Boy Scout troop, spending time with her family, and traveling the world.
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Michael Sutich

Manager of Product Lines

"At Farbest, we’re very invested in our partnerships with our suppliers. We do everything we can to ensure they have what they need when they need it."

As product manager for dairy proteins and gums, Michael serves as an integral link between Farbest sales staff and suppliers. Having over a decade of customer service experience, he is responsible for providing product technical support, helping sales staff match products with customers’ needs, maintaining communication with suppliers, and managing product inventory. Michael also studies global economic trends and pricing patterns to develop pricing strategies.

When he’s not working Michael enjoys traveling, meeting new people, and trying new foods.
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Michele Perrotta

Product Manager

"I like solving problems and putting puzzles together. I’m looking forward to finding creative solutions that result in exceptional service to our suppliers and customers."

With extensive experience in importing and product management in the footwear industry, Michele brings a strong customer focus to her new role at Farbest. Michele values commitment and creativity when it comes to developing new solutions on the job, and every action she takes is rooted in finding mutually successful solutions for everyone. She loves to learn and is excited to bring her skillset to Farbest's customers. Prior to her becoming a Product Manager, Michele served Farbest as a Supply Chain Supervisor.

When Michele’s not at work, she enjoys spending time with her family, reading, and biking. She's also an active volunteer in her local school system.
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Ashley Cao

Associate Product Manager

"I have the knowledge to find win-win business solutions with the world’s leading manufacturers—and to help our customers make better decisions."

Ashley brings more than 10 years of experience working directly with Chinese manufacturers to her role at Farbest—and that makes her uniquely suited to ensuring our products are of the highest quality. Ashley’s an expert on high quality raw materials, best production practices, and market trend forecasting. This experience allows her to help our customers make the best purchasing decisions—and to foster mutually beneficial relationships between Farbest and the world’s top manufacturers.

When Ashley’s not at work, she enjoys hiking, swimming, and yoga. Her most recent hiking trip was to Arizona, where she visited the Grand Canyon.
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Teresa Lauricella

Human Resources Manager

"I enjoy hiring new people, communicating with our employees, and researching new laws/compliance. Here, it’s important that we hire people who will fit in with our company culture."

Teresa is well versed in Farbest history and company culture. For the last 23 years, Teresa worked as a receptionist and in the company’s customer service and HR departments. Over the last 10 years Teresa has managed the HR department where her responsibilities include onboarding new employees, health insurance benefits compliance, researching and enforcing labor regulations, and communicating with employees.

In her free time Teresa loves reading, cooking, and spending time with her family.
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Shakirul Alom

Quality Assurance & Compliance Manager

"I’m driven by data, and I take a systematic, strategic approach to problem solving. I view quality regulations as an opportunity to strengthen Farbest’s relationships with its customers and suppliers. Together, we can use regulatory compliance to elevate our position in the marketplace."

With 10 years of experience in quality assurance and compliance, Shakirul ensures that all of Farbest’s products are top notch. He started his career at Stryker Orthopaedics, where he conducted product surveillance, managed customer complaints, and improved procedures and processes. He then moved on to Vitamin Shoppe, where he registered products in international markets and made sure all partner-manufactured products met Vitamin Shoppe’s high standards. Shakirul is highly organized, driven, and brings a big picture mentality to Farbest’s quality team.

Shakirul enjoys hiking, woodworking, and spending time with his wife and their three children.
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Peggy Falanga

Customer Service Manager

"I’m a good listener, I’m honest and forthright, and I know the kinds of information I can get out of our systems to solve problems for our customers."

Peggy brings a unique skillset to her role at Farbest. Before entering the customer service space, Peggy worked as a programmer and an information systems specialist. Thanks to that experience, Peggy’s an expert at navigating systems to find the answers customers need most. Her technical skills, keen attention to detail, and persistence to get to the bottom of every issue allow Peggy to provide the highest quality customer service.

When Peggy’s not at work, she enjoys long distance running and baking with her family. She’s especially proud to have run the New York City Marathon in 2014.

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