COMPANY

Spectrum Fruits is a global marketer of fruit ingredients. We cover a full spectrum of fruits from around the world. We specialize in Prickly Pear and Nopal Cactus products – juices, purees, concentrates and powders. Our other core products include Tamarind Concentrate, Alphonso Mango Puree, Guava Puree, Fruit Syrup (100% fruits), Pineapple products, and Clarified Juice Concentrates. With thirty years of experience, we have the relationships to procure what is needed for a wide range of food and beverage applications. Spectrum Fruits is owned and operated by food scientists with a history of technological advancement. Our expertise in food science, formulation, and global sourcing provide our customers with multiple level support in R&D and manufacturing.

FOUNDERS

             Chareonsri (Sri) Srisangnam, Ph.D.

Dr. Srisangnam (Sri) worked at the University of Minnesota for three years conducting research in food toxicology. She earned a B.S. in food science from Kasetsart University in Thailand. She traveled to the United States where she obtained an M.S. and a Ph.D. in Nutrition and Food Science from Utah State University. At Spectrum Fruits, Dr. Srisangnam manages all the aspects of business in Southeast Asia.

         

             Vinod Padhye, Ph.D., MBA

Dr. Padhye received his B.Sc. (with honours) in Chemistry and B.Sc. (Tech.), M.Sc. (Tech.) in Food Technology from the University of Bombay (Mumbai). He was awarded a Ph.D. in Nutrition and Food Sciences from Utah State University. He has also completed an executive MBA with honours from the Carlson School of Management, University of Minnesota. Dr. Padhye worked at General Mills for 15 years, focusing on technology-based new product development in fruits, vegetables and grains. At Spectrum Fruits, Dr. Padhye manages all business in the Americas, Europe and India. His responsibilities include R&D and technical support to processors and customers.

YOUNG SCIENTIST ROUNDTABLE

Dr. Padhye launched  Young Scientist Roundtable (YSR), a community enrichment program, in 1992 to promote science at an early age. YSR goal is to communicate to K-12 students that science is fun and science is for everyone. The love of science is propagated by successful and entertaining science professionals by regularly scheduled meetings throughout a school year. YSR has played an actively supportive role for the schools in the Twin Cities by taking science to students in a fun-filled and inspirational environment through highly qualified, motivated and illustrious scientists, researchers and professors.

YSR has helped thousands of students in and around Twin Cities in recognizing that science can be applied to better our lives and that science offers a rewarding and exciting career opportunity. The program is now extended to several school districts covering a rather large part of the Twin Cities of Minneapolis and St. Paul.

YSR is a non-profit and volunteer-run program and is in its 27th year (as of 2018). Throughout this period, YSR is supported by community and not by taxpayers’ dollars. Dr. Padhye has used a very simple concept to address a national need of monumental importance at no cost to a taxpayer.

PARTNER: PARAGON FRUITS, INC.

Spectrum Fruits, Inc. works closely with Paragon Fruits, Inc., a purveyor of fruit-based beverage and supplements for the premium retail market. Their signature product is Nochtli™ – a liquid dietary supplement made form the components of the nopal prickly pear cactus, made with over 99% cactus ingredients. It is a non-GMO and Vegan supplement that relies on the goodness of food that is wild harvested and minimally processed to ensure the best possible nutrition and benefits to your health.