Darrell Bigalke

Q&A with Darrell

Darrell Bigalke is the founder and owner of QualiTru Sampling Systems. He has a master’s degree from the University of Minnesota in Food Science with an emphasis in dairy microbiology. Darrell’s specialization in contamination control established him as a valuable consultant to the dairy industry and speaker at numerous dairy conferences for over three decades.

What is your favorite quote?
“Your test results are only as good as your sample.”

How did you end up working at QualiTru?
After working at Ecolab for ten years, I negotiated a sales and marketing agreement for the aseptic sampler and in 1983 the company was incorporated.

What was your favorite subject in school?

What are the top 3 places you have visited?
Bryce National Park, South Africa, and my cabin.

If you could have a superpower, what would it be?
I wish I could cure cancer!

Your house is on fire, all loved ones (including pets) are safe. You can safely retrieve 3 items. What do you get?
My medication, fishing tackle, and shotgun.

What was the last experience that made you a stronger person?
Reflecting on the impact of my dad’s life made me appreciate him as a positive role model. He prioritized family, country, community, and church.

How do you define success?
Helping improve the quality of life through contributions to the industry, food safety, and mankind.

What is one sampling solution story that stands out in your mind?
Being able to identify the source of contamination at an ice cream plant that had caused a serious foodborne illness outbreak.

What was your first car?
1984 F150 truck.

What is something you have accomplished that few would guess?
Being a successful entrepreneur.

What are your favorite parts of your job?
Having great employees and rewarding them.

The best advice you have ever received?
Be honest.