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 Expert  723751

Expert in Food Packaging, Retail Products Packaging, Foodservice Packaging, Packaging Materials and Processes

Available for your Consulting and Expert Witness Needs

California (CA)
Education Work History Career Accomplishments Consulting Services Expert Witness Market Research

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Expert has shown the ability to identify and implement packaging cost savings throughout his career. He reduced the material usage of a cupped pudding product by reducing the plastic cup material thickness while maintaining production line speeds and the stacking strength of the cups. In another example, he saved over $2MM by moving a foodservice client to a family of lower cost packaging types that not only where less expensive but also scored higher in customers' perception of quality. Expert has been able to achieve success in this area by utilizing a big picture approach. This often leads to cost savings ideas that are less obvious. Such as increasing the corrugated board grade on a food production shipping container that allowed the product to be double-stacked in the warehouse and during truck shipping. This increase in packaging material cost actually reduced the overall cost to the client company in warehousing and freight cost savings that more than offset the increase. He is knowledgable of a wide array of packaging materials and their characteristics and will use this knowledge to drive cost out of most packaging systems.

package cost reduction


packaging evaluation

Expert has successfully developed a wide range of packaging in his 20+ years as a packaging engineer. In doing so, he has often worked in cross-functional teams that included marketing, engineering, procurement and operations. He has the ability to read and adapt to situations so is effective at moving his projects forward to completion in different environments and cultures. Most of his 20+ years was spent in the food industry working for companies such as ConAgra Grocery Products and Yum! Brands. He has been offering his services as a consultant for the past 9+ years. During that time he has completed projects for General Mills Yoplait, H.J. Heinz, 7-Eleven, Black & Decker/Kwikset, Pharmanex, and POM Wonderful to mention just a few of his clients. While at ConAgra he developed a new plastic material blend that allowed the production of clear cups on an aseptic thermoform/fill/seal machine for the first time. This breakthrough resulted in a major marketing advantage versus competitors. He worked on the commercialization of yogurt stick pack pouches during their inception for Yoplait. This product was the first of its kind and spawned various new products to be put on the markeet in similar packaging. Expert has many more examples of successful packaging he has developed. He has gathered much knowledge in this area over the years and also has a passion for what he does.

packaging development

Expert has developed successful packaging from many different material types, in many different package forms. He has worked with glass, metal, rigid plastic, flexible plastic films, paper, paperboard and corrugated board. Most of his project work has required the developement of packaging systems that incorporate these various materials. He typically will develop not only the primary package, but the secondary and tertiary packaging as well. He has build a solid base of knowledge while working with these materials over the years. While this is the case, he has focused most of his efforts on plastic materials. These materials are both complex and versatile, and are growing in use. He has recently completed graduate level course work in polymer science to keep up on the advances in this area.

packaging material


packaging material selection


retail product packaging


food service packaging

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Expert may consult nationally and internationally, and is also local to the following cities: Los Angeles, California;  San Diego, California;  Long Beach, California;  Santa Ana, California;  Anaheim, California;  Riverside, California;  Glendale, California;  Huntington Beach, California;  San Bernardino, California;  and Chula Vista, California.

Often requested
with this expert:

Packaging Design, Development, and Testing
Package Development and Testing
Food Packaging Technology
Packaging Development, Microwave Heating Packages and...

Year   Degree   Subject   Institution  
1979   BS Packaging   Packaging Engineering   Michigan State University  
1986   MBA   Business   Southern Illinois University  

Work History:
Years   Employer   Department   Title   Responsibilities

1997 to


(Undisclosed Consulting Company)





He is the principal of Expert's Firm. He performs packaging development work such as concept creation, package structural design, cost analysis, equipment requirements, sourcing, commercialization and troubleshooting.

1996 to 1997


YUM! Brands - Taco Bell



National Manager, Packaging


He was responsible for all packaging used in-store nationally. Either leading or a member of multi-department teams, he developed packaging for new products and promotions. He reduced systemwide packaging costs by $4MM by identifying and implementing a new packaging platform.

1986 to 1996


ConAgra Grocery Products


Packaging R&D


Project Leader


Held positions of increasing responsibility in the areas of packaging equipment engineering and later Packaging R&D. He conceived and implemented many packaging innovations for low-acid aseptic food products. An example of one of these was a clear form of plastic cup thermoforming stock that could be run at high efficiencies on the company's numerous thermform/fill/seal machines. Prior to this all cup stock was opaque. The clear material became the industry standard for this type of machine. He also developed packaging for frozen food products, pouched sauces, dry mixes, the club store channel and special promotions.

1985 to 1986


Chervon Chemical




Plant Engineer


He was the plant packaging engineer at an agricultural chemical division plant in Missouri. He improved the performance of multiple packaging lines by de-bottlenecking, streamlining material flow and addressing line operator's ergonomic issues.

1980 to 1985


Norcliff Thayer, now Glaxo SmithKline


Packaging Operations


Assistant Manager of Pkg. Ops.


He was responsible for the day-to-day management of 30-60 packaging department employees. The packaging department ran 14 different packaging lines that filled liquids, lotions, tablets and powders into packages that included various plastic bottles, foil/film wraps, vials and cartons.

Career Accomplishments:

A longstanding member of the Institute of Packaging Professionals (IoPP) and its Consultants Council group. Served as Chair, Vice-Chair and Secretary of the Consultants Council over a period of six years.


He is a Certified Packaging Professional (CPP) having met all the professional and academic requirements set by the IoPP Certification Board.

Consulting Services:
Selected Consulting Examples:
  • Challenge:Complete development of new yogurt package, integrated with new FFS equipment and support start-up on an accelerated production ramp-up schedule.Work Performed:Finished the development and implemented unique "stick pack" packaging for a new yogurt product called "Go-Gurt”. Was a member of a team that worked in partnership with the equipment supplier to design, build and troubleshoot new concept form/fill/seal machines to efficiently package the product. Gathered equipment performance and package quality data. Analyzed data and made recommendations for improvements that were incorporated into packaging and equipment.Results:Successful product launch. Production equipment was able to meet very aggressive ramp-up schedule. High quality product was shipped on time with no shortages or deletions occurring.
  • Challenge:A QSR's packaging department did not have adequate resources to complete demanding marketing calendar projects and various cost savings projects.Work Performed:Developed and implemented numerous food packages that included: box and carryout bag, wraps, rigid food containers, promotional packaging, plastic "cruiser" drink cups, pouch material cost reduction and conversion from #10 can to pouch. Results:One of these package types, a family of rigid food containers, provided a cost savings of $2,000,000 while at the same time greatly increased package function, aesthetics and consumer appeal.
  • Challenge:A health and personal care company lacked resources to develop packaging for an upcoming launch of a new line of products. Work Performed:Developed packaging for a new line of personal care products that included shampoo, conditioner, styling gel, styling foam and body wash. This included the retail packaging and sampler packaging for each product. Results:Successful on-time product launch. Packaging could be run at high efficiencies by co-packer. New product line was well received by distributors.
  • Challenge:A large consumer products company needed packaging developed, sourced and implemented for a complete new line of upscale residential door fixtures. The packaging needed to communicate the image of high quality while still being cost effective and acceptable for store handling at Home Depot. Work Performed:Developed packaging for 14 different products. Primary, secondary and tertiary packaging was designed for each. Designs were verified through drop and vibration testing. Results:The new packaging was used in the on-time launch of the new product line. The products were well received by Home Depot.
  • Challenge:A nutritional supplement company had quality problems with their highest volume product. Pills of the supplement, sourced in Asia, were degrading during shipment. Work Performed:Performed an analysis of the supplement's distribution environment. Researched various pouch film barrier materials, film structures, their costs, and potential suppliers. Results:Recommended new pouch film specification for the product and potential sources. Tests with the new film proved the elimination of supplement degradation. The company shifted all of these supplements to this type of film.
Recent Client Requests:
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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 for consulting on bakery tote atent infringement case.
  • Plastic chicken packaging expert for consulting on whole bagged chickens.
  • Expert in flexible packaging material for US Customs taxation case.
  • Expert in Patent and Product Trade Dress Litigation.
  • Food packaging expert for consulting on mouse found in bagged food product.
  • Expert in packaging technology for litigation case involving glass particles found in food from food packaging.
  • Dietician expert for consulting on manufacturer's nutritional supplement claims.
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.

Market Research:
He has worked with many marketing groups in the developement of new packaging. While he is not a marketing professional he has an true understanding of marketing principles and customer requirements. He knows how to develop packaging that harmoniously blends the needs of the consumer with the effeciencies and function of the manufacturing operation.

Click the green button above to contact Expert for a free initial screening call regarding your marketing research, industry research, and company research needs.  For research needs involving multiple experts or secondary research, a Research Director can be assigned to coordinate the work into a custom report for you as a potentially quicker and more cost effective alternative to doing this work yourself or hiring a boutique consultancy.  Remember, your initial screening call to speak with Expert is free.

Additional Skills and Services:

Gave in-house training seminars on the fundamentals of packaging for department personnel. These were given while an employee of ConAgra and also later while consulting.

Supplier and Vendor Location and Selection

Have extensive knowledge of the packaging supply chain for plastic resins, glass and plastic bottles, closures, labels, foodservice packaging, paperboard folding cartons and corrugated. He has sourced all of these items at some point during his consulting project work.


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