Nutrition Experts

Need to speak to a nutrition expert on our team? This is the place to start – take a look at our team below and contact us with any questions you have for them:


Marlene Schmidt, MS, RD

Ask Marlene about: Nestlé’s Approach to Nutrition, Health and Wellness and Consumer Food and Nutrition Trends, Sugar, Clean Label

Marlene holds a Master of Science in clinical nutrition from the University of Memphis and a Bachelor of Science degree in food and nutrition from Appalachian State University.

Across a broad range of products, Marlene is the person behind the scenes working with the experts to ensure the foods and beverages meet the highest nutrition standards. To do this, she uses her great experience in assessing the latest science, regulatory and marketplace trends to help drive innovation. Most recently, Marlene has been working to champion sugar reductions and fruit first on Outshine and simpler ingredients for Dryer’s/Edy’s Slow Churned and Häagen-Dazs.

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Cassie Hoover, MS, RDN, LD

Ask Cassie about: Children's Nutrition, Snacking, Pizza, Nestlé’s Nutritional Profiling, Gluten Free

Cassie is a registered dietitian with a Master of Science degree in Nutrition; a Master of Science degree in Management and a Bachelor of Science degree in Nutritional Biochemistry from Case Western Reserve University.

With Nestlé, Cassie leads the Kid’s Nutrition & Health Study, which examines the eating habits and lifestyle behaviors of children between 4-12 years of age. Recently she has also been involved in the salt reduction and culinary improvements of pizzas and snacks, working with brands such as DiGiorno and Hot Pockets.

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Rhonda Richardson

Ask Rhonda about: Baking, Sodium, Frozen Meals, Culinary Trends, Protein

Rhonda obtained a Master’s Degree in Food Science. She also holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Human Ecology with a minor in Management from the University of West Indies in Trinidad and Tobago.

Originally working with Nestlé in Trinidad and Tobago, Rhonda led regional and global nutrition and health initiatives. Here in the USA she works with brands such as Lean Cuisine, Stouffer’s and Tollhouse to guide the development of the brand towards better nutritional profiles such as reducing sodium and saturated fat and moving to simpler ingredients.

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Carol Savage, MS, RDN

Ask Carol about: Portion Guidance, Beverages, Plant Based Nutrition, Pediatric Nutrition

Carol, a registered dietitian, holds a Master of Science in Public Health Nutrition from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville and a Bachelor of Science in Home Economics, Foods and Nutrition, Douglass College, Rutgers University.

Carol has worked with many brands, most recently supporting the added sugar reduction for Nesquik and the reduction saturated fat in Coffee-Mate. She also leads efforts to provide on-pack portion guidance information, and offers insight on sound nutrition science to shape product renovation and new product innovation.

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