From offices in Boise, Post Falls, Twin Falls, and Pocatello, TechHelp Specialists help Idaho manufacturers, food processors and entrepreneurs improve their competitiveness through continuous product and process innovation.

Dr. Janna Hamlett

Food Processing Specialist – University of Idaho Extension & School of Food Science

Physical Address:
315 Falls Avenue East
Evergreen Building, Suite B-44
Twin Falls, ID 83303
Mailing Address:
University of Idaho- Twin Falls R&E Center
P.O. Box 1827
Twin Falls, ID 83303-1827
Phone: 208-731-9363


Dr. Janna Hamlett 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 and Assistant Professor at University of Idaho Extension.  Prior to 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.  Prior to 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.  She has numerous industry certifications in safety, food safety, and operational efficiencies; including a Black Belt in Six Sigma, she is an OSHA 10 and 30-hour instructor, FSCPA PCQI and IAVA instructor, SQF Approved Training Center, and an approved HACCP curriculum from The International HACCP Alliance. 

Our TechHelp and UI Extension food team is focused on helping the food manufacturers in Idaho regardless of size. We just want to make sure you succeed in your goals. We are here to help with any issue, whatever keeps you up at night or causes you headaches, give us a call or send an email and we will be glad to help. We have a lot of expertise on a wide variety of topics. Let us put that knowledge to work helping you.



Blog Posts

Dr. Janna Hamlett on Determining Sanitation Effectiveness with a Robust Environmental Monitoring Program

A sanitation program is a key component of any food processor’s or food handler’s food safety plan. A well-written and well-executed sanitation program can mitigate, or reduce to an acceptable level, all three classifications of hazards (microbiological, chemical, and physical) in a hazard analysis. Sanitation is one of the four preventive controls (process controls, allergen, sanitation, and others) in the Preventive Controls for Human Food rule of the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA). Sanitation has long been a major prerequisite program for Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Points (HACCP). Consequently, it is imperative that the sanitation program be functioning and performing according to expectations.

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TechHelp is Hiring a Manufacturing Specialist

TechHelp Job Opening – Manufacturing Specialist at the University of Idaho

TechHelp, Idaho’s Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP) center, is seeking a talented and creative Manufacturing Specialist for our Northern and North Central Idaho region.  In this role, you will drive business growth and manage technical and training services for Idaho manufacturers.  The Manufacturing Specialist will develop relationships with client company leadership to provide consulting in operational excellence, advanced manufacturing, business management, and growth strategies.  As a TechHelp Manufacturing Specialist, you will work in a fun and fast-paced team environment and be a part of the rich history of the University of Idaho.

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