Consultant for Food Formulation, Food Process Development and Food Safety

Technical Consultant #1652


Expertise

Food Process and Product Development

  • Developing new food formulation and new food processes.
  • Development of formulation and processes for non-fruited bakery fillings, icings, toppings, and release agents; coffee and juice; peanut butter; and fruit strips and ropes.
  • Experience in fats (lipids), emulsifiers, sugars, maltodextrins, sugar alcohols, starches and gums.

Food Process Technology

  • Bench and pilot lab work and process scale-up, process start-up and process / product optimization.
  • Extraction, cooking, cooling, mixing and de-aeration.
  • Understanding sugar bloom fat bloom.
  • Evaporation, distillation for flavor and aroma recovery and concentration.
  • Food usage and formulations that include fats (lipids), emulsifiers, sugars, maltodextrins, sugar alcohols, starches, preservatives, anti-oxidants, fillings, icings, toppings, release agents, protein isolates, coffee, juice, peanut butter and fruit.
  • Heat exchangers and temperature management of food processes..
  • Fat and sugar crystallization.
  • Freeze-thaw formulation.
  • Oil, water and gum emulsions.

Food Safety

  • Formulation based upon water activity and pH.
  • Food process and product quality assurance.
  • Patents for food safety.

Food Product Development

  • Partial lists of products developed: Taster's Choice Instant Coffee, Hills Brothers Ground Coffee, Nestea Instant Tea, Nestle Strawberry & Chocolate Quick, Heinz's Ketchup, Oscar Mayer Hot Dogs, Oscar Mayer XXL Hot Dogs, Mallet Cake and Bread Pan Release Agents, SunOpta Kettle Valley Fruit Strips & Ropes and protein isolate for processed cheese.
  • Development of Kroger products: Icing, Frosting, Pie Fillings on all bakery items in Kroger Case; Cakes, Donuts, Kroger Garlic Spread, Nabisco Snack Well's Streusel Squares With Fruit/Icing/Pastry, Kroger Vinegar, Kroger Mustard including Dijon, Kroger Pickles, Kroger Tide, Kroger Wisk, Kroger Diapers, Kroger Peanut Butter, Kroger Low-Fat Peanut Butter, Kroger Low Sugar Peanut Butter and Ready-To-Eat Meat as related to food safety processes.

Experience

Undisclosed Company, Principal, Present

  • Developing new food formulation and new food processes for various clients.
  • Bench, pilot laboratory, and plant optimization, filling all positions simultaneously.

Gllanbia Nutritionals, Twin Falls, ID Scientist, 2010 - 2016

Scientist III, Food Process and Product Research and Development

  • Oversaw whey protein fractions, protein gummies, protein fruit snacks, and protein nutritional bars.
  • Received the Innovation Award for a Protein that reduces sugar by 50% in cereal clusters and cereal bars.

Sunopta Kettle Valley Dried Fruit, Inc., Omak, WA, 2007 - 2008

Manager, Process Research and Development

  • Developed dried fruit strips and ropes in the pilot line and production line which used continuous processing.
  • Products developed were in the 98% fruit range with no sweeteners added.

The Mallet and Company, Inc., Carnegie, PA Research and Development Director, 2004 - 2006

  • Developing formulation and processing for agar/locust bean gum bakery stabilizers for icings and glazes as well as GMO free bakery cake and bread pan release agents.
  • Directing a QA Manager and four QA technicians for product testing, customer assistance, specifications, HACCP, labeling and Bioterrorism Act Compliance.

Kraft Foods North America, Madison, WI, 1999 - 2003

Associate Principal Engineer, R&D Engineering

  • Co-inventor with four patents for technology that enhance food safety of products at full production levels. ~Technology combine rapid surface steam pasteurization and antimicrobial sprays inside an Alkar Rapid-Pak packaging machine.
  • Scaled-up multi-unit operation process from lab bench to pilot plant operation of two antimicrobial products to provide greater food safety, using centrifugation, and evaporation.

H&S Foods Inc., Cincinnati, OH, Consultant, 1984 - 1999

Projects:

  • H.J. Heinz Company: Solved filling operation problems for Heinz's Ketchup.
  • Designed a de-aeration system and adjusted pump suction inlet techniques.
  • Nabisco: Developed process and formula changes at the Stella Dora manufacturing plant in low fat dough, fruit filling, and icing on Snackwell's Low-Fat Streusel item which led to a national launch.
  • Kroger Company: Developed the process and formula for a manufactured doughnut glaze.
  • Taste panels demonstrated this doughnut glaze was equal to the best in the industry.

Kroger Company, Cincinnati, OH, Advanced Specialist, 1986 - 1996

  • Responsible for process start-up and formula design.
  • Designed batch/continuous process systems and formulas for 20 million pounds of new icings, whipped toppings and spreads.
  • Developed the process and formulas for retail and bulk peanut butter, which doubled sales.
  • Bulk customers include Kraft and Nabisco.
  • Kroger Peanut butter was equal to Jiff on consumer test.

A.E. Staley Co., Decatur, IL, 1980 - 1983

Manager Research and Development Pilot Lab, Process Engineering

  • Designed, developed, and operated a successful protein pilot lab scale-up based on a bench patent.
  • Issued a process design scope for a $22 million soy isolate manufacturing plant.
  • Process resulted in the first protein isolate that could replace sodium caseinate in melting cheese.

Nestle Co., Marysville, OH, Research and Development Process Engineer, 1969 - 1980

  • Process and formula design/optimization for instant coffee, tea, protein and flavored drinks.
  • Initiated, developed, and contributed to the design of a new Taster's Choice Coffee pilot and commercial pressurized counter current extraction.
  • Developed an evaporator distributor that allowed equal tube loading. Increased evaporation efficiency 30%.

Honors & Publications

Publications

  • 12 U.S. and Foreign Patents

Education

  • M.S. Chemical Engineering, Ohio State University, Columbus OH
  • B.S. Chemical Engineering, University of Cincinnati (Cum Laude), Cincinnati OH
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