Packaging Expert Specializing in the Restaurant, Beverage and Agricultural Chemical Industries

Technical Consultant #1360


Expertise

  • Retail, institutional and Quick Serve Restaurant (QSR) packaging.
  • Extensive new product and package development.
  • Test method development and experimental design.
  • Package/product interactions and shelf-life determination.
  • Studies on new materials and package structures.
  • Thorough knowledge of packaging equipment and operations.
  • Hands-on experience in various production facilities.
  • Wide source base for new materials, packaging and co-packing.
  • Plastic bottles - lightweight designs with screw closures and labeling.
  • Thermoformed containers - cups and tubs with flexible heat-seal closures.
  • Glass jars - threaded and lug closures.
  • Metal containers - cans and coatings.
  • Flexible packaging - pouches, bags, bag-in-box, heat seal lidding.
  • Paper wraps - various paper grades, coatings and treatments.
  • Paperboard - folding cartons, formed cartons, clamshells and sleeves.
  • Corrugated - shipping containers, POS and promotional - design and cost savings.

Experience

Undisclosed Company, Packaging Consultant, 1997 - Present

  • Providing packaging development consulting services that offers a high level of packaging expertise to client companies. Leveraging experience with various packaging types, materials and processes.
  • Client List includes: H.J. Heinz Company, General Mills, YUM! Brands/Taco Bell, Mitsui Logistics, 7-Eleven, POM Wonderful, Whole Foods Mid-Atlantic, Dunkin Donuts, Herbalife, Pharmanex, Gilroy Foods, Kwikset/Black & Decker, Schick & Wilkinson Sword, Steuben Foods, Champion Labs, Tate's Bakery, C&S Wholesale Grocers, Gorton's Seafood, Asahi Glass Fluoropolymers, ZEP Products, Center for Culinary Development.
  • Developed packaging for portable yogurt product that was first of its kind on the market, growing sales and market share for Yoplait division of General Mills.
  • Developed new packaging for 7-Eleven Fresh Food and Bakery programs that communicated a higher quality image than previous packaging.
  • Solved nutritional supplement shelf life issue through material selection and process improvements.
  • Brought completely new packaging concept to after-market automotive air and oil filter category.

Taco Bell, Inc., Irvine, CA, 1996 - 2000

  • National Manager of Packaging Development and Consultant for Taco Bell, along with KFC and Pizza Hut make up YUM! Brands, one of the largest QSR chains worldwide.
  • Responsible for all packaging used in stores nationally.
  • Managed group of three packaging professionals.
  • Developed new packaging that improved speed of service and simplified store operations, including self-adhering cartons and redesigned carryout bags.
  • Identified and implemented $10 million in annual packaging cost savings across all system packaging.
  • Coordinated launches of promotional packaging under tight timelines, from package and creative development to production and implementation.
  • Initiated program to write and maintain packaging specifications.

Hunt-Wesson Foods, Inc., Irvine, CA, 1986 - 1996

  • Serving the positions: Project Leader, Senior Packaging Technologist, and Packaging Project Engineer.
  • Brand responsibilities included: Snack Pack Pudding (Aseptic), Snack Pack Juicy Gels (Aseptic), Swiss Miss Gels (Refrigerated), J. Hungerford Smith Sauces (Aseptic), Microwave Manwich (Frozen) and Wesson Oil.
  • Developed clear pudding cup material for aseptic thermoform/fill/seal machines. Soon became the industry standard for clear high-barrier TFFS cup material.
  • Led the development and commercialization of a successful new bottle design and drip-free dispensing closure for a flavored cooking oil product.
  • Headed technical team that developed blister-pack insert and application equipment for pudding package.
  • Developed and implemented cost savings programs of over $100 million a year that included package redesigns and source reductions.
  • Assured package compliance with laws and regulations regarding food safety, fair trade, transportation and environment.
  • Supported packaging operations during start-up of new and modified packages.
  • Purchased and installed packaging equipment to expand production capacity.

Chevron Chemical Company, Maryland Heights, MO, 1985 - 1986

  • Packaging Engineering Specialist for Ortho Brand Consumer Products Division, Lawn and Garden Products Manufacturing Facility.
  • Developed packaging for various agricultural chemical products, both liquid and dry.
  • Monitored packaging line set-ups and wrote instructions for the line operators and mechanics.
  • Performed new package qualifications on production lines for agricultural chemicals.
  • Made several design improvements of existing packaging equipment that improved operating efficiencies.

Norcliff Thayer, Inc.,(Glaxo SmithKline), St. Louis, MO, Assistant Packaging Manager, 1980 - 1985

  • At the manufacturing facility responsible for the scheduling and supervision of 40-60 packaging employees.
  • Wrote GMP and operating manuals for department employees.

Honors & Publications

Credentials

  • Graduate level courses - Polymer Science Applied to Packaging, Permeability and Shelf Life, Michigan State University
  • Certified Packaging Professional (CPP), Institute of Packaging Professionals (IoPP)

Academic and Professional Affiliations

  • Chair - IoPP Consultants Council Board of Directors
  • Secretary - IoPP Consultants Council Board of Directors

Education

  • M.B.A., Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville, IL
  • B.S., Packaging, Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI
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