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By EMILY FORD, Salisbury Post

KANNAPOLIS, N.C. — David Murdock, founder of the N.C. Research Campus and chairman of Dole Food Co., has named a director for the new Dole Nutrition Research Laboratory in Kannapolis.

Dr. Nick Gillitt will answer directly to Murdock as director of nutrition research for Dole at the He will manage all research responsibilities of the lab and is the first Dole employee permanently located in Kannapolis.

Previously, Gillitt served as senior nutrition research and labeling manager at the Dole Nutrition Institute, a research and education foundation that Murdock launched in 2003 in Westlake Village, Calif.

Gillitt provided scientific backup for educational content such as the new Dole Nutrition Handbook, which includes information from scientists based at the Research Campus.

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