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 Expert  108041

Expert in Food Product Development: Pilot Plant Processes, Development and Studies, Food Formulation, Beverage

Available for your Consulting and Expert Witness Needs

Florida (FL)
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FOOD FORMULATION; FOOD PRODUCT DEVELOPMENT; FOOD PRODUCT PROCESS DEVELOPMENT. Expert has extensive experience in food product development. He performs initial concept literature and patent searches and summarizes the results. He then develops a final marketing or medical concept formulation for pilot plant studies. The products he has worked on include natural, herbal, organic, and mainstream infant, toddler, and adult nutritionals; dairy, soy, and fruit juice based nutraceuticals and dietary supplements; liquids, powders, dry mixes and bars; select confectionary products; pharmaceutical food tablets; and pet foods. Ingredient selection includes protein, fat, and carbohydrate blends; pre- and probiotics; vitamin, mineral, and trace mineral individual or premix fortifications; fiber systems; stabilizer systems; emulsifier systems; antioxidant systems; flavor systems; and novel ingredients. In addition to new product development, Expert has experience developing the manufacturing process, initially at pilot scale and then scaled-up for a successful commercial launch, in either a client's plant or at a qualified co-packing facility.

PILOT PLANT PROCESS DEVELOPMENT; PILOT PLANT STUDYING. Expert has experience in small-scale wet processing (batching and blending), HTST and UHT thermal processing, spray drying, dry blending, and aseptic and retort packaging of various food products. Pilot scale was used to evaluate product improvements, reduce costs, conduct technical troubleshooting, and, with new products, evaluate proposed ingredients, process variables, manufacturing processes, optimization studies, and flavor profiling. Products produced successfully can be used for stability protocols, test markets, product registrations, and sensory panels. Expert has taken product concepts from benchtop to pilot plant to first-lot-to-stock in various commercial and qualified contract food manufacturing and packaging facilities.

BEVERAGE INGREDIENT; DAIRY PRODUCT; NUTRACEUTICAL; SPORTS BEVERAGE. Expert has experience evaluating and selecting ingredients for use in various infant, toddler, young children, and adult product categories. He has worked with fruit juice based beverages, soy and dairy based dietetic nutritionals, nutraceuticals, and sports nutritionals. Ingredient selection includes protein, fat, and carbohydrate blends; pre- and probiotics; vitamin, mineral, and trace mineral individual or premix fortifications; fiber systems; stabilizer systems; emulsifier systems; antioxidant systems; flavor systems; and novel ingredients.

INTERNATIONAL MANUFACTURING. Expert has experience taking a marketing or medical concept and formulating a product for an international launch, including markets in Canada, European Union, and Pacific Rim. The range of products include infant, toddler, and adult nutritional products; dairy, soy, and fruit juice based nutritionals; liquids; and powders.

NEW TECHNOLOGY ASSESSMENT. Experienced performing literature and patent searches, Expert evaluates new and novel processes, technologies, and ingredients in order to obtain a competitive edge or to improve an existing product. His work involves drafting a project scope, including costs, timing, and a list of deliverables, identifying a research and contract manufacturing and packaging facilities and executing initial feasibility studies. He compiles and summarizes early research results in a report, making recommendations for the next steps. He employs stage and gate research and development techniques.

Expert identified a novel commercial dryer to spray dry a protein-free product and a protein hydrolysate containing product. He evaluated soy proteins in place of casein proteins in processed cheese products. He also evaluated various sources of calcium in order to provide a clear, smooth beverage.


beverage ingredient


dairy product


food formulation


food product development


food product process development




pilot plant process development


pilot plant studying


sport beverage


food aseptic processing


food drying


food product enrichment


pilot plant


pilot plant scale-up


food product design

Show Secondary and Basic Areas of Expertise
Expert may consult nationally and internationally, and is also local to the following cities: Miami, Florida;  Hialeah, Florida;  Fort Lauderdale, Florida;  Hollywood, Florida;  Pembroke Pines, Florida;  Port Saint Lucie, Florida;  Miami Beach, Florida;  West Palm Beach, Florida;  Pompano Beach, Florida;  and Boca Raton, Florida.

Often requested
with this expert:

Food Additives and Ingredients, Food Processing
Natural & Processed Cheeses, Spray Drying, Food Processing...
Food Technology, Nutraceuticals, and Cereal Grain Processing
Sterilization; Food & Drug Product, Packaging & Process...

Year   Degree   Subject   Institution   Honors
1989   MS   Food Science and Engineering   North Carolina State University   Magna Cum Laude
1987   BS   Food Science and Nutrition   The Ohio State University   Cum Laude

Work History:
Years   Employer   Department   Title   Responsibilities

1998 to







He is an R&D consultant developing new products, processes and ingredients. He is experienced with functional foods, nutraceuticals, medical foods, and organic products. Forms of products that he has worked with include RTD, spray dried, agglomerated, and dry blended.

1993 to 1998


Abbott Laboratories


Abbott International


Project Manager


He managed and developed new products for the world market of infant, toddler and adult nutritionals.

1989 to 1993


Abbott Laboratories


Ross Products Division


Project Manager


He assisted with the domestic development and eventual commercial launch of new products and processes. He worked on benchtop to pilot plant to scale-up to launch in the four U.S. commercial plants.

1987 to 1989


North Carolina State University


Department of Food Science


Research Associate


He managed and directed the NCSU client pilot plant R&D trials in the aseptic and UHT pilot plants.

1986 to 1986


The Pillsbury Company



Intern Scientist


He designed and implemented experiments to support a patent application for the Pillsbury microwave classic casseroles.

1985 to 1985


The Dannon Company, Inc.




Intern Technician


He performed an entire plant material balance for yogurt production.

1980 to 1985


Fisher Cheese Company



Process Technician


He supported R&D with new products and processes for natural and artificial cheese products.

Career Accomplishments:

Expert is a member of the Ohio Valley Institute of Food Technologists, the National Institute of Food Technologists, the OSU Food Science Club (President), and the NCSU Food Science Club (Activities Chairman).

Professional Appointments

Expert has served on The Ohio State University's College of Agriculture Alumni Board (since 1997) and Treasurer (since 1998).


Expert's has received: the Ross Products Division New Products Fair Team (1998); Abbott Laboratories Chairman's Award (1996); Abbott Laboratories United Kingdom Affiliate Award (1995); Ross Products Division Award of Merit, Team Award (1994); Abbott Laboratories Chairman's Award (1993); Ross Products Division Process Development Director's Award (1992); Ross Products Division Outstanding Individual Achievement Award (1991); Phi Kappa Phi Achievement Award (1990); Gerber Food Products Outstanding Graduate Student Stipend(1989); The Ohio State University President's Scholarship (1987); Forbes Leadership Award (1986); Stouffer Foods Scholarship (1986); Food Technology Junior/Senior Scholarship (1986, 1985); Van Wert County Foundation Fund Scholarship (1986, 1985); Kroger Dairy Undergraduate Scholarship (1986, 1985); Ohio Dairy Boosters Association Award (1985).

Publications and Patents Summary

Expert has seven food- related patents, and one pending.

Consulting Services:
Selected Consulting Examples:
  • Expert can discuss and brainstorm a new project research and development proposal, one-on-one or with cross functional team members, outlining and defining the major tasks that need to be completed, from initial concept through to a successful commercial launch.
  • Expert can then take an agreed upon proposal and carryout the feasibility and scale-up pilot plant trials, and then prepare for the commercial launch
Recent Client Requests:
  • Expert in pilot plant for consulting on EWA Research center pilot plan.
  • Expert for consulting on Drink Formulation and Advisor for New Medical Food.
  • Expert for consulting on Infant Formula manufacturing development.
  • Infant formula expert in the usa for consulting on Infant Formula.
  • Expert for consulting on for Infant formula.
  • Expert in juice process authority for consulting on Cherry Juice Concentrate Process Authority.
  • Expert for consulting on Process Development and Pilot Plant Set up
  • Expert for consulting on GMP manufacturing of a liquid dietary supplement.
  • Expert in beverage packaging for consulting on a new health beverage.
Click the green button above to contact Expert for a free initial screening call regarding your expert consulting needs.  Expert is available for consulting to corporate, legal and government clients.  Remember, your initial screening call to speak with Expert is free.

Expert Witness:
Recent Litigation Client Requests:
  • Expert in animal feed industry standards for litigation.
  • Expert for consulting on trade secret action.
  • Food formulation expert witness for consulting on pilot runs and aseptic processing of a new food product.
  • Expert for consulting on Cheese and Rennet/Casein Production.
  • Food science expert for consulting on definition of dairy defoamer vs. antifoamer for litigation case.
  • Expert for consulting on agglomerated dairy product and application thereof.
  • Expert in spray drying in food flavoring applications for litigation case.
  • Food chemist expert for consulting on orange juice processing litigation case.
  • Expert in field of spray drying for consulting on brewers' yeast horizontal spray dryer.
Click the green button above to contact Expert for a free initial screening call regarding expert testimony, litigation consulting and support, forensic services, or any related expert witness services.  A few litigation needs include product liability, personal injury, economic loss, intellectual property (patent, trademark, trade secret, copyright), and insurance matters.  Remember, your initial screening call to speak with Expert is free.

International Experience:
Country / Region   Summary
Canada   Expert assisted with nutritional product and process development for Abbott Canada marketing and manufacturing.
Ireland   He assisted with nutritional product and process development for Abbott Ireland marketing and manufacturing.
Spain   He assisted with nutritional product and process development for Abbott Spain marketing and manufacturing.
Brazil   He performed a GMP/QC audit on an ingredient manufacturing facility.
Denmark   He supported Abbott International third party manufacture of nutritional products.

Additional Skills and Services:
Supplier and Vendor Location and Selection

Expert has experience locating vendors of the following: pilot plant research (Ross Products, Microthermics, North Carolina State University, Ohio State University); co-packing (Ross Products, Anderson Clinical Technologies, Arinco/Klover Moelk A.m.b.a. [Denmark], Parmalot [Canada], MD Foods [Denmark]); aseptic processing and packaging (North Carolina State University, Tetra Pak); nutritional premixes (Fortitech, Inc.); dairy proteins (MD Foods, Avonmore Ingredients, New Zealand Milk Products); soy proteins (Protein Technologies, Inc.); and, flavors (Givaudan Roure).


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