Expert in Food Processing, Packaging, Quality, Business Development, Cost Reduction, Warehousing and Material
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
|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|
|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.|
|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.|
|Associations / Societies|
|IFT, IOPP, IMPI, AIIE, SPE, RIC, PI, IOC|
|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.|
|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
|Supplier Auditing for Quality Compliance
Supplier Certification Program
Performance based packaging Specification Development
HACCP and ISO Certification
|Product and Process Development
Cost Reduction in Packaging and Product Distribution.
|Other Relevant Experience|
|Developed several Patented Product, Process and Package.
Conducted Executive Management Training Programs.