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Expert in Food Packaging and Packaging Materials, Containers

Expert ID: 736041 Minnesota, USA

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Expert is a Global Packaging Leader with Employer. She leads food packaging efforts involving packaging solutions to food waste and more sustainable packaging, as well as provides compelling technology business cases and implementation roadmaps to ease the path of innovative technologies. Expert. Expert is owner and founder of a consulting company and an Adjunct Professor at the University of Minnesota, Michigan State University and CalPoly as well as Food Technology’s monthly Packaging columnist. She is an IFT Fellow, serves on numerous Editorial Boards, is the author of the Packaging Value Chain, and is cochair of pacfoodwaste. Expert has held previous positions in basic research, development market research, and marketing in Germany, Colombia, and Thailand and at Total Quality Marketing, Nestle, General Mills, Kraft Heinz, Safeway, and in academia. Expert. Expert holds a doctorate degree in Food Science and Nutrition from the University of Minnesota and MS and BS in Packaging from Michigan State University.


Year Degree Subject Institution
Year: 1992 Degree: PHD Subject: Food Science Institution: University of Minnesota
Year: 1989 Degree: MS Subject: Packaging Institution: Michigan State University
Year: 1986 Degree: BS Subject: Packaging Institution: Michigan State University

Work History

Years Employer Title Department
Years: 1992 to Present Employer: Undisclosed Title: Global Scientist, Brand Manager, Associate Professor, Business Department:
Responsible for:
1. Budgets
2. Securing funding via grant/proposals
3. Strategic planning
4. Resource management
5. Motivating and managing of cross-functional teams and working groups
6. Coaching and mentoring clients and employees to build skill sets needed to achieve career goals and advance in packaging
7. Technical resource to companies on packaging and safety

Recent Projects include:
1. Ranked and communicated (to multi-industry stakeholder groups) packaging solutions to reduce food waste by category impact and feasibility to channel research and development for food and packaging companies
2. Managed the research team at a pioneering US food company to fuel research and development on packaging innovation that reduces food-service operator and grocerant labor while decreasing food waste
3. Lead research initiatives for one of the world's leading specialty chemical companies to bring added shelf life through patentable packaging.
4. Lead cross-functional innovation team through a 6-month process to identify packaging research needed, partners, and implementation paths
5. Built research program within Innovation team for a major global food company
6. Directed food and packaging companies on where to funnel research at 23 Global Food Packaging Research Institutes using 25 criteria in Permeability, Testing, Applied Research, Package Design, and Material Science
7. Roadmapped implementation of a major US food company leadership team to pinpoint the optimal intelligent packaging
8. Refined a major US food company leadership team to refine its sustainable packaging strategy.
9. Assessed mitigation risk from packaging migrants of concern
10. Defined packaging for improved ordering, logistics, and consumer experiences in e-commerce
11. Researched, tested and launched edible film application to inhibit freezer burn in raw meat and reduce packaging
12. Analysis of technology within the food and polymer industries to guide Merger and Acquisitions

Career Accomplishments

Associations / Societies
Association Leadership
• pac, Co-Chair Food Waste, 2018-
• IUFoST, Chair of Global Food Packaging Curricula, 2016-
• Institute of Food Technologists (IFT) Higher Education Review Board (HERB), 2014-
• Institute of Food Technologists (IFT) Executive Board, Food Packaging Division, 1990-
• Lifetime member of Phi Tau Sigma
• Strategic Relations & Chapter Affairs committee Phi Tau Sigma (food science honorary society), 2014-
• University of Minnesota Alumni Association and CFANS, 1992-
Editorial Boards
• Packaging Science and Technology, John Wiley and Sons, Editorial Board, 2004-
• Journal of Food Science Editorial Board, 2014-
Professional Appointments
Current Affiliations:
University of Minnesota. Minneapolis, Minnesota
Curriculum development and teaching, Michigan State University. E. Lansing, Michigan Online MS program,
California Polytechnic University (CalPoly), San Luis Obispo, California Online program
Columnist, Food Technology monthly magazine
Packaging monthly column
Awards / Recognition
Recent Awards
• Riester-Davis-Brody award for Lifetime achievement in food packaging
• Fellow, Institute of Food Technologists
Publications and Patents Summary
Publications: Written- 75

Additional Experience

Expert Witness Experience
11 cases as of mid 2020
Marketing Experience
Brand Manager, Dominicks, Chicago

Fields of Expertise

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