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Expert in Food Processing, Packaging, Quality, Business Development, Cost Reduction, Warehousing and Material

Expert ID: 732251 Florida, USA

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Expert is a Food Processing and Packaging Consultant with active membership in the IOPP Packaging Consultants Council, SPE Consultants Circle, and Food and Beverage Industry Executive Advisory Panel Member.

He has over 40 years of product, process, and package development experience. Expert has developed several patented packages, saving millions of dollars in packaging and product distribution cost. He has completed several new product and business development projects from concept to consumer.

Expert has developed several proprietary and award-winning packages. He has implemented several operational and quality improvement projects, saving millions of dollars via process optimization, material utilization, waste reduction, warehouse space optimization and automation in operation.

Expert has provided expert witness services in Patent Litigations.

Expert's product experience includes: Snack Foods, Bakery Products, Beverages, Processed Meat and Seafood Products, Pharmaceuticals, Cosmetics, Frozen & Refrigerated Products, Food Service and warehouse club Product Packaging. Auto Parts, Engineering and Electronic goods, Material experience includes: Paper, Film, Foil, Flexible Laminates, Paperboard Cartons, Metal, Glass, Plastics, Composite Containers, Corrugated and Solid Fiberboard Containers. Process experience includes: Form-Fill-Sealing, Thermoforming, Bagging, Strip Packaging, Blister Packaging, Microwave Packaging, Aseptic Packaging, VFFS, HFFS, VSP, CAP, MAP, Cartoning, Case Packaging, Printing and Labeling, Freezing, Drying, Frying, Canning, Warehousing and Material Handling. Industries provided services to: Borden Foods, Drake Bakeries, Wise Foods, Old London Foods, Frito-Lay, Beatrice Foods, Berliner & Marx, Peter Eckrich & Sons, Swift-Eckrich, Rich SeaPak, Rich Products, International Paper, Kraft/Nabisco Foods, Life Tech., US Dunnage, Vision Child, Mazda, Ford Motors, Indian Institute of Packaging, Indian Drugs and Pharmaceuticals, Zandhu Pharmaceuticals, Cadbury Fry, Ponds India and others.

Expert has served as Visiting Faculty to teach Food Packaging to Food Engineering & Technology students at University of Mumbai (BUDCT), India.

He is a recipient of the prestigious Hind Rattan award from India.

Throughout his 45+ years of Global packaging development experience, Expert provided expert witness services in patent infringement, patent validity, and contention and package performance issues.

Expert developed several consumer and Industrial packages for Food Products, Pharmaceutical Products, Cosmetics, Chemicals, Electronics and Engineering products.He developed from Concept to Consumer Packaging Systems for Thermoform, fill and seal packaging systems to vacuum sealed Luncheon Meat Products.He developed from Concept to Consumer microwaveable cook and serve breaded and battered frozen food products. Expert developed from Concept to Consumer MAP package for fresh veal. Expert developed several proprietary multilayer flexible packages for Snack foods, Bakery products, Processed meat products

Expert may consult nationally and internationally, and is also local to the following cities: Tampa, Florida - Saint Petersburg, Florida - Orlando, Florida - Clearwater, Florida - Port Saint Lucie, Florida - Palm Bay, Florida - Lakeland, Florida - Melbourne, Florida - Deltona, Florida - Largo, Florida

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Education

Year Degree Subject Institution
Year: 1978 Degree: MBA Subject: Business Administration Institution: Bloomsburg University, PA
Year: 1968 Degree: M. Sc. Tech, Subject: Food Technology Institution: Bombay University Dept. of Chemical Technology
Year: 1971 Degree: M. Inst. Pkg. Subject: Packaging Technology Institution: PIRA, UK / IIP, India
Year: 1966 Degree: B. Sc. Tech. Subject: Food Technology Institution: BUDCT, University of Bombay, India
Year: 1963 Degree: B.Sc. Subject: Chemistry, Physics, Maths Institution: University of Bombay, India

Work History

Years Employer Title Department Responsibilities
Years: 2002 to 2016 Employer: Self Employed Title: President / Consultant Department: Responsibilities: Expert utilizes his 45+ years of experience in the industry to provide consulting and expert witness services in packaging and process development therein.
Years: 1996 to 2002 Employer: International Paper Title: Product Development Manager Department: Package Development Center, R & D Responsibilities: Expert worked as a technical resource to manufacturing and sales in resolving customer complains and problem solving. He conducted benchmark studies and developed action plans to improve competitive edge. He developed in-line package quality detection systems to improve productivity, quality and improved customer satisfaction. He achieved packaging cost reduction by material substitution, arrangement analysis, improved Palletization, storage space utilization and improved truck loading methods. He developed several new packages and flexible laminates with active packaging for special packaging applications. He developed several patentable new products and process for consumer and industrial packaging. He developed Patentable retortable paperboard composite materials for special food packaging applications. He developed patented new generation protective air bags for product protection during shipping.
Years: 1988 to 1996 Employer: Rich SeaPak, Div of Rich Products. Title: Packaging Manager Department: R & D Responsibilities: Expert improved operational efficiency by developing operating and troubleshooting manuals and guidelines for packaging equipment operators. He conducted packaging equipment operator training programs. Expert also saved millions of dollars in packaging cost by reducing waste, process and package optimization, unit and shipping container redesign to improve efficiency and performance. He reduced product distribution and transportation cost by package redesign. He improved sales by developing display shippers for warehouse club stores, super markets and retail chain stores. He improved market share by developing convenient, easy-open and Reclosable consumer packages for frozen, breaded and battered food products. He achieved new market developments by developing innovative thermoformed, filled and sealed packages for marinated shrimps, breaded and battered fish sticks, cheese sticks, onion rings, French toast and vegetables. He developed Patented microwave cook and serve package for frozen, breaded and battered shrimps. He provided assistance in new business development.
Years: 1983 to 1988 Employer: Beatrice Foods Title: Research Scientist Department: R & D Responsibilities: Expert supervised several cost reduction, quality and operational improvement projects for manufacturing, procurement, distribution, sales and marketing. Achievements included cost reduction by package standardization and variety reduction. Improved operational efficiency by automation and equipment modification. He reduced product distribution cost by improved warehouse and storage rack layouts, improved palletization, product distribution, handling and truck loading method. He improved customer satisfaction and reduced product return by leaker reduction in vacuum packed packages by material substitution and equipment modification. He developed proprietary multilayer coextruded films for thermoformed, filled and sealed sausage packages. Improved performance at reduced cost. He managed and supervised from start to finish a new luncheon meat packaging system with rigid, reclosable, thermoformed packaging, product loading and in-line labeling system. He improved market share for processed meat products, by developing easy open, reclosable, flexible vacuum packages and paperboard cartons. He also worked on new market development for fresh and processed meat products by developing, Vacuum, MAP, thermoformed, filled and sealed packages with extended shelf life. Package development with proprietary scavengers, gas mixtures and antifogging lidding material.
Years: 1980 to 1983 Employer: Frito-Lay, Inc. Title: National Manager of Packaging Quality Assurance Department: Quality Assurance Responsibilities: He developed and implemented supplier quality certification and quality auditing programs to reduce waste, product return and improve package performance. He monitored and controlled package change functions to meet operational performance, quality requirement, and meet regulatory compliance. He also engaged with packaging and product distribution cost reduction by implementing returnable shipping container program. He developed UPC bar code specification and printing guidelines for flexible laminates, paper board cartons and corrugated shipping containers.
Expert also established national package testing and evaluation laboratory in company headquarters (Dallas). He supervised Equipment selection, evaluation and installation. He also developed performance-based packaging specifications and quality monitoring procedures to improve incoming material quality. He reduced material waste, product return and machine downtime. He developed and implemented incoming material quality grading and supplier evaluation system to improve quality and productivity. Expert also improved customer satisfaction by implementing returned product and customer complains evaluation methods and implementing corrective action procedures.
Years: 1975 to 1980 Employer: Borden Inc. Title: Packaging Specialist Department: Drake Bakeries / Wise Old London Foods Responsibilities: He developed and implemented shipping container standardization and shipping container returnable program to reduce shipping and distribution cost. He developed color and bar coding system to material tracking, sorting and monitoring the returnable shipping containers. Expert saved millions of dollars in packaging cost by material substitution, standardization and equipment performance improvement. He also improved productivity by reduced waste, minimized downtime by automation in packaging and equipment modification for Wise Foods, Old London and Drake Bakeries. He managed and supervised package and label change function to meet all functional requirements and regulatory compliance. He developed attractive and innovative displays and POP materials to promote new and existing products. Coordinated all product promotional functional activities. He also improved Drake Bakeries snack food market share and brand image by improved package graphic and package structural design and improved machinability.
Years: 1968 to 1975 Employer: Indian Institute of Packaging, India Title: Assistant Director Department: R & D Responsibilities: Expert was officer-in-charge of the Southern Region. He managed and supervised administration, budgeting, planning, training and consultancy services of the Indian Institute of Packaging. The Indian Institute of Packaging is a member of Asian Packaging Federation and World Packaging Organization, set up by the Govt. of India, under the Ministry of Commerce to provide technical consultancy services to Indian packaging industries. Provided technical consultancy services to Food, Pharmaceutical, Chemical, Cosmetic, Engineering and other consumer packaging industry. Conducted training programs in packaging for professionals and senior executives.

International Experience

Years Country / Region Summary
Years: 1968 to 1975 Country / Region: INDIA Summary: Packaging Industry Consultant for Indian Institute of Packaging. Government of India sponsored Institute.
Years: 1975 to 1915 Country / Region: USA Summary: Packaging Specialist Developed several innovative packages, Developed Patented Packages, Expert Witness Services in Patent Litigations.

Career Accomplishments

Associations / Societies
IFT, IOPP, IMPI, AIIE, SPE, RIC, PI, IOC
Professional Appointments
Member, Food and Beverage Industry Executive Advisory Panel.
He has presented papers in international seminars.
Publications and Patents Summary
Expert holds several US Patents. He also has a host of Research Publications.

Additional Experience

Expert Witness Experience
He has provided Expert Witness services in Patent Infringement Litigation, Patent Validity Contention, and Package Performance Litigation.
Training / Seminars
Export Package design and Development
Package design and development
Cost Reduction in Packaging
Packaging as Marketing Tool
Package Testing and Evaluation
Vendor Selection
Supplier Auditing for Quality Compliance
Supplier Certification Program
Performance based packaging Specification Development
HACCP and ISO Certification
Marketing Experience
Product and Process Development
Business Development
Market Development
Project Management
Cost Reduction in Packaging and Product Distribution.
Other Relevant Experience
Developed several Patented Product, Process and Package.
Conducted Executive Management Training Programs.

Language Skills

Language Proficiency
English Excellent
Hindi Excellent
Kannada Excellent

Fields of Expertise

business development, process optimization, active packaging material, American Society for Testing and Materials packaging standard, aseptic packaging process, ASTM packaging test-method standard, bag-in-box packaging process, beverage packaging process, blister packaging process, boil-in-bag package, bulk packaging material, chemical package, chemical package design, chemical package testing, chemical packaging process, child-resistant packaging, consumer product packaging, controlled environmental packaging, controlled-atmosphere packaging process, corrugated packaging material, cosmetic product package, dairy product package, Department of Transportation packaging standard, distribution packaging material, environmentally friendly packaging material, export packaging requirement, extended shelf-life packaging material, first level packaging, flexible barrier packaging material, flexible package, flexible packaging film, flexible packaging laminate, flexible packaging material, flexible packaging material production, flexible packaging printing, flexible packaging product odor, foil package, foil packaging material, Food and Drug Administration drug packaging regulation, Food and Drug Administration food packaging regulation, food package, food packaging material, food packaging plastic, food packaging process, form/fill/seal packaging machine, frozen food package, gas flush packaging, glass packaging material, hazardous material package, hermetic packaging, lamp packaging, light bulb packaging, liquid packaging process, meat packing, medical device package integrity, medical device package testing, medical device packaging design, medical device packaging material, medical package, medical package strength, medical package testing, medical packaging, medical product packaging process, microwave food package, microwave food packaging process, milk packaging process, modified atmosphere packaging, moisture-barrier packaging material, moisture-barrier packaging process, moisture-resistant packaging, mono-material package, multi-layered packaging material, multi-package coating material, non-hermetic packaging, ointment packaging, over-the-counter drug packaging, package, package closure, package consumer testing, package cost reduction, package design, package dispenser, package handling, package impact test, package impact testing, package integrity, package regulation, package testing, package testing requirement, package testing standard, package-food product interaction, packaged product, packaging adhesive material, packaging development, packaging engineering, packaging equipment, packaging evaluation, packaging film, packaging ink, packaging machine, packaging machine performance, packaging material, packaging material selection, packaging migration, packaging paper, packaging printing, packaging process, packaging specification, packaging standard, packaging system, packaging technology, packaging technology review, packaging testing, packaging-material management, permeable packaging material, pharmaceutical packaging process, plastic food package, plastic package, plastic package testing, plastic packaging material, plastic quad flat package, primary packaging, product-package system, product-package system compatibility evaluating, product-package system development, protective packaging material, recyclable packaging material, rigid packaging material, rigid plastic package, roll packaging, packaging automation, electronic packaging industry, electronic packaging technology, airborne packaging material, paint packaging material, household appliance packaging process, ball grid array package, microwave integrated circuit package, cold seal packaging process, aerosol packaging, electronic component protective packaging, pesticide package, medical device packaging standard, packaging material system, capsule packaging process, powder packaging process, dairy product packaging material, dairy product packaging process, computer-aided electronic packaging design, electronic equipment protective packaging development, microwave circuit packaging, electronic packaging, hazardous material packaging process, electrostatic protective package, food packaging equipment, multichip module packaging process, plastic semiconductor device package, packaging design review, packaging document, cofired multilayer ceramic packaging material, energy-efficient packaged cogeneration, packaging machinery design, medical device packaging process, hazardous waste packaging process, ceramic package, CGSB packaging detailed standard, CGSB packaging performance standard, IATA package testing requirement, dispensing package, antistatic packaging material, packaging stress analysis, international packaging requirement, antistatic packaging process

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