Food and Beverage Packaging Consultant

Technical Consultant #1462


Expertise

  • Food science and related food packaging materials and systems.
  • Aseptic food packaging.
  • Product and package interaction.
  • Barrier plastic packaging.
  • PET bottles filling above 190 F.
  • Development of deep draw thin gage polypropylene block copolymer thermoformed trays for baked products.
  • Retortable and hot fill plastic packaging; retortable microwavable shelf stable plastic packaging.
  • Packaging technology assessment and commercialization.
  • Consumer Packaging/Product Development. Certified by the Society of Packaging and Handling Engineers
  • Expert Witness related to food packaging, food packaging equipment and packaging materials.

Experience

Independent Consultant, 2006 - Present

  • Food science and packaging materials and systems, including horizontal and vertical packaging technology.

Campbell USA, 1987 - 2006

Director of Packaging, 2004 - 2006

  • Lead a department of 30, responsible for all structural package, design, development, materials specification, and new package commercialization for Campbell's $4 billion North American consumer products division.
  • Implemented multi million dollars of cost savings annually across a broad spectrum of materials, products and packaging systems.
  • Developed a "packaging innovation pipeline'" which resulted in a steady stream of cost effective packaging innovation over the next 5 years.
  • Research and development, representative to supply chain.

Research and Development, VP Food Service, 1999 - 2004

  • Lead Campbell's research and development for their $500 million Away From Home Division (Food Service), with focus on unique customer centric go to market behavior and products.
  • Developed technical and business strategies for innovative frozen, refrigerated and shelf stable soups, sauces and baked goods, which generated double digit increases in the top and bottom line.
  • Managed the reformulation and transfer of manufacture of over 100 SKU's representing over $100 million in sales from Canadian plants to the U.S. in six weeks, in response to BSE crisis.
  • Implemented annualized savings of $16 million over the five year time frame.

Director, Senior Manager of Packaging, Campbell's Beverages, 1987-1999

  • Designed and implemented organizational changes which aligned resources with the business, and led to dramatic increases in departmental productivity and customer satisfaction.
  • Co-Lead large technical teams responsible for implementing major programs such as EZO end conversion across the entire US canned soup business, and installation/qualification of aseptic broth capability in the US and Canada.
  • Led the development of the first PET bottles filled above 190 F and drove the 100% conversion of Campbell's beverages (V8, TJ, and Splash) out of glass and into hot filled PET bottle.
  • Led the team that developed and commercialized the revolutionary Soup at hand concept.
  • Led the first successful introduction of low acid food products in retortable microwavable shelf stable plastic packaging at Campbell Soup Co., in both heat sealed and double seamed containers.
  • Led the team that developed and commercialized the revolutionary "Soup at hand concept" and the first successful introduction of low acid food products in retortable microwavable shelf stable plastic packaging.
  • At the direction of the CEO, led a groundbreaking market research study on the "wet soup package of the future," which resulted in new techniques in market research, as well as valuable consumer direction.

RJR Nabisco, 1976 -1987 Senior Engineer, Manager of Corporate Packaging, 1981 -1987

  • Developed the first deep draw thin gage polypropylene block copolymer thermoformed trays for baked products for improved organoleptic and distribution performance.
  • Installed the first CAD system for designing and specifying packaging materials and specifications.(CPB and Nabisco).
  • Developed flexible packaging strategies representing savings of $5 million in flexible packaging applications on horizontal wrapping applications.

Packaging Engineer, TJ Lipton 1978 - 1981

  • Developed retail and food service packaging for Tea concentrate, Wishbone salad dressing, dry soup, Iced tea mix, tea bags, etc.
  • Conducted beverage experiments on the first aseptic Tetra line in the USA.

Beverage Chemist, TJ Lipton 1976 - 1978

  • Developed formulas for canned, dry and fountain iced tea.
  • Packed tea concentrate on the first tetra machine in the USA.

Honors & Publications

  • Led teams who won over 20 packaging awards for innovation in the last 15 years, including 5 Du Pont awards, two package of the year, 3 clear choice, and Food Packager of the year in 2005.
  • Certified by the Society of Packaging and Handling Engineers.

Education

M.S. Industrial Engineering with a Specialization in Packaging, Rutgers University

B.S. Food Science, Rutgers University

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