Research and Development Manager
Candice Schroepfer greeted a reporter from the Dr. Oz show with a big smile and handshake as she welcomed her for a national on-air segment on chicken nuggets.
She described the simple ingredients used in the nuggets produced at the facility in Georgia for the segment, rattling off ingredients such as garlic powder, onion powder and fresh white chicken breast.
“All things to make that savory delicious bite,” she said.
Schroepfer, who was appointed Perdue Foods’ research and development manager at only 28, is embracing her leadership role.
The large organization is known for having many tenured leaders, so Schroepfer feels particularly honored when her colleagues turn to her for advice and her leadership strengths as the youngest member of her department’s management team.
“I believe each human encounter has meaning and value and by finding that, a person can feel joy as well as bring joy to others,” Schroepfer said.
She was previously a food technologist at the company and has also worked for Frick’s Quality Meats.
In 2018, Schroepfer received an Excellence Award from Perdue Farms for her contributions to commercializing a new process for a customer’s new product.
She serves on the Career Advisory Board at Salisbury University’s School of Business and on the board of directors of Habitat for Humanity of Wicomico County.
She is a member of the Holiday Ball Committee for the United Way of the Lower Eastern Shore. For the Holiday Ball, she led an effort to create an innovative early check-in process that generated a smoother process and more positive feedback from event attendees.
At the United Way, she also launched a Board of Director/Emerging Leader Mentoring Program. In 2016, she was recognized with the Emerging Leader of the Year Award and she has also been active with the Salisbury Area Chamber of Commerce.