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Dr. Janna Hamlett

Food and Beverage Processing

Dr. Janna Hamlett Janna works and assists the local food and beverage processing industry throughout Washington and Idaho.

She has 20 years of experience in the food manufacturing industry. She brings a wealth of qualifications, expertise, and experience as a Food Processing Specialist at TechHelp, the Manufacturing Extension Partnership in Idaho, and Assistant Professor at the University of Idaho Extension. 

Before joining TechHelp and UI Extension, Janna worked at the College of Southern Idaho, developing the Food Processing Technology program and the first Technical Bachelors at a Community College in Idaho. Before academia, Janna worked in various management positions, including Quality Manager and Production Manager at large-scale cheese and whey processing facilities in the Magic Valley. 

As an independent Food Safety and Production Consultant, she has helped local companies with their food safety, production capabilities, and troubleshooting challenges to be more successful.


  • University of Idaho, Moscow Idaho – 2003 Bachelors of Science in Dairy Science, Minor in English
  • University of Washington, Pullman Washington – 2016 Masters of Science in Agriculture Emphasis Food Science and Management
  • Idaho State University, Pocatello Idaho – 2021 Ed. D Instructional Design and Technology


  • SQFI ATP – Lead Instructor – Safe Quality Foods Training Center
  • Trainer – OSHA General Industry
  • Lead Instructor for FSPCA Preventive Controls for Human Food
  • Lead Instructor for Introduction to HACCP from International HACCP Alliance
  • Black Belt – Lean and Six Sigma

Subject Expertise

  • Food and beverage manufacturing
  • Occupational health and safety
  • Operational excellence
  • Auditing
  • Regulatory (USDA, FDA), GFSI, 3rd party auditing
  • Food safety plans (HACCP and PC)
  • Microbiology
  • Pathogen environmental monitoring
  • Quality programs
  • Statistical process control
  • CAPA and troubleshooting