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 Expert  729658

Expert in Flexible Packaging Materials; Film Extrusion, Extrusion Lamination, Food Packaging, and Film Converting

Available for your Consulting and Expert Witness Needs

Georgia (GA)
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Expert has spent over 30 years in the development and application of functional materials for a variety of packaging and non-packaging applications. He has developed various multi-layered barrier films for direct use and for use in laminations. Expert served as the Principle Investigator for a US Department of Defense research study to develop an all-polymeric, high oxygen, water vapor and light barrier materials for thermally-processed low acid canned foods with a 36 month shelf life. He served as the chairman of several professional Flexible Packaging industry groups and has been a frequent organizer of and speaker at industry conferences.

Expert was responsible for the multi-disciplinary team that developed flexible packaging materials, converting processes and manufacturing platform to support a >$10MM product line of packaging materials for fresh cut fruits and vegetables. This involved strategic sourcing, converting machinery modifications, state-of-the art process introduction, customer qualifications, and shelf life studies.

Expert was responsible for all continuing warranties of food contact materials for a >$1b product line. While primary focus was on the US FDA, he developed migration study protocols and GMP practices for EU compliance, as well as other countries. He was a contributing member of the industry group that obtained a US FDA food Contact Notification approval for a set of UV- and EB-energy cured food contact coatings.

Expert managed the introduction and use of vacuum metalized plastic films as functional barrier materials for modified atmosphere packaging of dry, oily foods. He developed base sheets for these uses and pioneered manufacturing of high-volume holographic embossed films with aluminum deposited coatings for flexible packaging applications.


flexible packaging laminate


multi-layered packaging material


flexible package


food packaging material


barrier polymer


moisture barrier material


flexible packaging material


perishable food


Food and Drug Administration food packaging regulation


packaging migration


vacuum deposition

Show Secondary and Basic Areas of Expertise
Expert may consult nationally and internationally, and is also local to the following cities: Atlanta, Georgia;  Athens, Georgia;  Macon, Georgia;  Roswell, Georgia;  Marietta, Georgia;  and Chattanooga, Tennessee.

Often requested
with this expert:

Flexible Packaging Processes: Rotogravure Printing,...
Package Manufacturing, Plastic/ Paper Packaging, Plastic...
Food Processing and Packaging
Food Packaging Technology

Year   Degree   Subject   Institution   Honors
1971   BA   Biology and Chemistry- Combined Science   Yale College   Summa Cum Laude/ Phi Beta Kappa
1973   MS   Environmental Studies   Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies   National Science Foundation Graduate Fellow

Work History:
Years   Employer   Department   Title   Responsibilities

2011 to







Consultant to manufacturers and users of flexible packaging for manufacturing efficiencies, FDA food contact compliance and product development.

1981 to 2010




Corporate Development


Director of Product Development


Manged multi-million dollar projects for functional flexible packaging product and process development. Contributed to 20 fold increase in company size during career their.

1979 to 1981


Flexible Packaging Assiciation



Technical Director


Managed volunteer groups for specification development. Organized technical conferences. Developed and delivered testimony on industry solvent emissions regulations before state/federal agencies.

Career Accomplishments:

PLACE division, TAPPI; Flexible Packaging Division, SPE; RadTech North America.

Professional Appointments

Chair, Flex Pack Comm, PLACE division, TAPPI; Chair, Flexible Packaging Division, SPE; Board member, RadTech North America.


Institute of Food Technologists Food Packaging Division Career Achievement Award Fellow, Society of Plastics Engineers Packaging Hall of Fame...(US) Packaging Machine Manufacturers Institute. Zweig Award for Technological Achievement (PLACE division, TAPPI); President's award for Innovation-Printpack Inc.

Publications and Patents Summary

Expert has contributed to a half dozen food and food packaging books and numerous industry articles and presentations. He recently published a full-length book on a number of packaging techniques, materials and technologies.

Selected Publications and Publishers  
 - Society of Plastics Engineers; FlexpackCon 2010  
 - RadTechReport  
 - Journal of Plastic Film and Sheeting  
 - American Society for Testing and Materials, Special Technical Publication  

Government Experience:
Years   Agency   Role   Description
2008 to 2010   US Army Natick Soldier Research, Development and Engineering Center   Principle Investigator   Managed multi-year $3 million project to develop high-barrier polymeric laminations for 3 year shelf life rations.

Consulting Services:
Selected Consulting Examples:
  • Expert has been responsible for optimizing the use of flexible packaging materials in a variety of form/fill/seal packaging operations.
  • Developed semi-rigid controlled atmosphere package system for Internet Start-up company marketing oxygen-sensitive products
  • Identified appropriate residuals monitoring techniques for food packaging company using recycled fiber.
  • I) Provided Food Safety System Certification Gap analysis for paper converter planning to produce food packaging component.II) Served as technical adviser to a certified Safe Quality Food auditor during audit a rigid plastic packaging material manufacturer.
  • Provided calculations for estimated daily intake of chemical migrant from new food packaging material component seeking US Food Contact Notification listing.
  • Consulted with major packaging manufacturing equipment OEM regarding good manufacturing practice for food safety aspects of the equipment
Recent Client Requests:
  • Expert in Military pouches.
  • Expert in intota for consulting on Silicone Release Coating.
  • Expert on Seal Delamination.
  • Food science packaging expert for consulting on Dried Fruit an Nut Manufacturer.
  • Form fill seal expert for consulting on Plastic Films Form Fill Seal Packaging.
  • Expert in Disruptive Technologies in Flexible Packaging.
  • Expert for consulting on Food Package Material.
  • Pressure sensitive tape expert for consulting on Masking tape production.
  • Flexible film expert expert for consulting on Film Selection for new packaging process.
  • Thermal forming plastic expert for consulting on product evaluation.
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:
Expert Witness Experience Summary:
Provided expert report and deposition testimony on foil and non-foil retort pouch technology. Provided expert report on QSR condiment packaging technical and commercial drivers Provided expert report and deposition testimony on in-field delamination of flexible package lamination Provided expert report on in-field loss of heat seal (Lidding to APET tray)
Recent Litigation Client Requests:
  • Expert for consulting on frozen food film packaging malfunction.
  • Expert in flexible packaging material for US Customs taxation case.
  • Food packaging expert for consulting on mouse found in bagged food product.
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:
Years   Country / Region   Summary
1980 to 1980   Sweden   He reviewed a high barrier film co-extrusion process.
2007 to 2007   Japan   Expert assessed the market potential and manufacturability of several innovative Japanese packaging formats for consideration in US markets.
2002 to 2002   Korea   Expert was responsible for reviewing Korean shrink label manufacturing processes (printing and seaming) and returning to his employer with an implementation plan for domestic entry into such markets.
1995 to 1995   Great Britain/Germany   Expert was asked to provide a feasibility study of self-manufacture of OPP films for his employer, including review of commercial equipment and pro forma production plans.
2011 to 2016   Philippines   Provide ongoing technical and shop-floor-control advice to Philippine converter using gravure printing; extrusion/laminating and coating and pouch making processes. Ongoing as of Apr,2013.
2011 to 2016   Korea   assist Korean extrusion laminator/coater OEM with technical service for prospects

Language Skills:
Foreign Language   Description
French   He is able to read French and converse slowly in the language.
German   He is able to read German patents and technical literature and analyze relevance to project work.

Market Research:
Frequent presenter of technical papers at flexible packaging industry conferences.

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:

Prepared/presented Webinars on US FDA Food Contact Material Compliance; Good Manufacturing Practices for Food Contact Materials Manufacturers, and US and EU compliant use of printing inks on food packaging.

Supplier and Vendor Location and Selection

Past responsibility for locating best in world oxygen and water vapor barrier films; and complex film co-extrusion lines for development of new products.

Other Skills and Services

Experienced project manager; formerly a certified product development professional; experience teaching graduate level course work in food packaging and product development management.

Formal training (with successful teting rsults) for Food Safety Systems Certifications: HACCP Manager and Implementing Safe Quality Foods Systems; advanced HAACP; Internal Auditing. Registered IFS PACSecure GFSI Scope M standard


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