Orlando, Florida –  – Ravago Chemicals North America (RCNA), specialty ingredient and chemical distributor, is proud to announce and welcome Blake Bomben as the Business Development Manager in the Fermented Beverages Division. With over two decades of experience in the fermented beverage industry, Bomben brings a pairing of product expertise as well as leadership and enhanced customer service to the team.
“RCNA is very excited to welcome Blake Bomben to our team. Blake brings years of first-hand experience in making wine, beer, and distilled spirits, that cover all aspects of the various processes needed, when producing these fermented beverages. That experience will provide an invaluable resource for our sales and strategic teams. We expect that besides Blake’s interaction internally, he will enhance RCNA’s ability to interface with both customers and suppliers by sharing knowledge that supports mutual goals.”
– Steve Shaffer
Segment Manager – Fermented Beverages
As a seasoned winemaker, Bomben brings over 26 years of experience in the fermented beverage industry. From recipe development to promoting the finished case goods out in the marketplace, Blake has seen and done all aspects of the fermented beverage industry.
Highlights of his career in fermentation and winemaking include a degree from UC Davis in Fermentation Science. After graduating, he worked for the biotechnology firm Genentech Inc. briefly until he decided to pursue a career in brewing and fermentation.
Bomben took a job as Brew Master at El Dorado Brewing Company, a small brewpub in Stockton, California. Over the next few years, he had the opportunity to design and produce different beers throughout the United States, including Kansas City, Missouri and Boca Raton, Florida.
In 2000, he transitioned from beer to wine upon receiving a winemaker position with a medium-sized custom crush winery in Stockton, California. Over time and 20 harvests, Blake’s expertise has expanded across all major wine regions and wine varietals from Aglianico to Zinfandel.
“I am excited about my new role, because it seems like a natural new extension of my work life or life’s work in that it will help me explore new exciting areas of Fermentation AND allow me to share what I have learned and am learning with others. The learning and sharing are the exciting and rewarding aspects of my new role.”
– Blake Bomben
Business Development Manager – Fermented Beverages
As a Business Development Manager for Ravago Chemicals, he is responsible for educating the sales team in winemaking, brewing and distilling. He also assists in selecting the next ingredients in their growing portfolio. Additionally, he serves as a resource to customers to help them solve issues. His expertise and leadership will help bring greater customer experience to Ravago Chemicals North America’ Fermented Beverages Division. A toast to Mr. Bomben!
Ravago Chemicals represents market-leading specialty chemical and ingredient producers that allow us to deliver creative technical solutions along with the highest level of service to more than 15,000 active customers across more than 24 countries worldwide. We are a family company and place a high value on our long-standing relationships with our suppliers, customers, and our colleagues.