Website G.S. Gelato

G.S. Gelato & Desserts, Inc. is a wholesale manufacturer of authentic Italian gelato, sorbet, plant-based frozen desserts, and soft serve with national distribution in the foodservice and retail/grocery industries.

We are looking for a Research and Development Manager to join our team in Fort Walton Beach, FL. This position is the perfect long-term career opportunity for an organized individual working in the food industry who thrives in a fast-paced work environment and has a particular passion for creativity!


  • 401k eligibility
  • Health Insurance
  • Supplemental insurance options
  • Paid time off
  • Holiday Pay

*Certain Eligibility requirements are required for the above benefits


  • Assisting in generating new product ideas and recipes
  • Modifying and improving existing recipes
  • Monitoring the use of ingredients, including additives
  • Ensure products meet guidelines and regulations, including specific compliance for certifications including OU Kosher, as well as Certified Vegan, USDA Organic, etc. (if required)
  • Evaluating nutritional values and sensory attributes (color, flavor, texture)
  • Designing processes for the production of recipes on a large scale
  • Collaborating with other departments, including QA, sales, marketing, and production
  • Ensuring strict hygiene and food safety standards are met
  • Identifying and choosing products from suppliers
  • Testing and examining samples
  • Creating labels with ingredients, nutritional information, UPC barcodes, etc.
  • Writing reports, reviewing microbiological results, analyzing data
  • Source Raw Materials from prospective suppliers
  • Keep an active database of all raw material paperwork once new raw material is approved; update any expired paperwork in the system
  • Analyze the new raw materials in finished gelato to ensure that they will work for the customer; work with purchasing to bring in comparable raw materials to set up secondary suppliers
  • Use customer feedback to source raw materials, or tweak formulations as needed
  • Keep Nutracoster up to date by inputting new raw materials and updating old raw materials as replacements become available
  • Create finished product specifications for customers
  • Interview prospective new hires that can work in the R&D lab
  • Ensure proper sourcing of ingredients for formula-specific formulations (dairy free, vegan, etc)
  • Actively & independently pursuing new information in regards to innovation, R&D, trends, regulations, ingredients, flavors, nutrition, etc.
  • Coordinate with programs to certify formulations (for example: Non-GMO, Vegan, Organic, etc)
  • Ensure that proper documentation is in place for the following finished product labeling (For example; allergens, Kosher, Non-GMO)
  • Keep up to date with the FDA, USDA, labeling laws to ensure we are following the proper guidelines
  • Also responsible for keeping up with certain portals for customers who request that we input our specs and nutritionals into their systems


  • Excellent project and time management skills
  • Meticulous attention to detail and accuracy
  • Must be able to work independently as well as in a team
  • Strong verbal and written communication
  • Computer literacy, strong skills using MS Word, Excel
  • A level of creativity, and passion for advancement and innovation
  • Strong analytical and numerical skills
  • Ability to work in a fast-paced environment with ability to solve problems
  • Must have a relevant degree or experience in food science/technology, chemical engineering, biochemistry, nutrition, microbiology and/or research & development
  • Must be willing to relocate if currently outside Fort Walton Beach, FL or surrounding areas


Starting at $65,000. Depends on experience.


Please send a cover letter, resume, and salary requirements to the email address provided below.

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