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Expert in Pet food manufacturing, marketing, quality systems, formulation, and regulation.

Expert ID: 732764 New Jersey, USA

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Over 30 years in the pet food industry with expertise in product development, nutrition, ingredients, manufacturing, packaging, regulatory (FDA/USDA/CFIA/organic), import/export, Quality Systems, and working with people.

Education

Year Degree Subject Institution
Year: 1978 Degree: Bachelor's degree Subject: Animal Science Institution: California Polytechnic University

Work History

Years Employer Title Department Responsibilities
Years: 2014 to 2016 Employer: JnG Advisory LLC Title: Principal Department: Consulting Responsibilities: Providing consulting services in all areas of pet food manufacturing, product & process development, nutrition, quality systems, customer development, and regulatory affairs.
Years: 2010 to 2014 Employer: Simmons Pet Food, Inc./Menu Foods Title: Vice President Department: Technical group Responsibilities: Having worn many vice president hats (VP of Technical Service/Research & Development/Nutrition & Regulatory
Affairs/Innovation), I been involved in every aspect of manufacturing;
 Lead all regulatory aspects concerning ingredients, manufacturing, and labeling of pet food. Lead interactions with all
government agencies; FDA; USDA AFHIS, USDA FSIS, CFIA, and state regulators
 Lead steering committee on ingredient safety; developed policy for ensuring origin of all ingredients and qualifying/requalifying suppliers in all aspects.
 Switched all Menu facilities to be SRM-free (2000).
 Established outside analytical verification program for both raw materials and finished products (2001).
 Directed organic certification of product/manufacturing under the National Organic Program of the USDA.
 Established biocide program for Hydrostatic retort cooling water; monitored corrosion program for same (1993).
 Created Menu’s initial HACCP program (1994) and was on the steering committee for continuous improvement.
 Established the Toronto’s “chunk” program; traveled abroad to evaluate equipment. Later installed and commissioned
the equipment in the Toronto facility (1995).
 Works with plant maintenance to create first PM (preventative maintenance) program (1995).
 Lead AAFCO feeding studies for ALL LIFE STAGE claim for both dog and cat products (1995).
 Participated as team member in the design of the Emporia “green field” plant to determine equipment flow layout
followed by commissioning (1997).
 Introduced least cost formulation programming (1998).
 Pouch process/product development (2004).
 Technical lead for 2007/2010 recalls.
 Technical adviser to all Simmons Sales group and direct to customer base.
 Lead 6 direct reports;
o 4 in Regulatory Affairs.
o Director of Product/Process Development (who has 7 reports).
o Director of Nutrition.
Years: 1993 to 2010 Employer: Menu Fooods Title: Vice President Department: Technical group Responsibilities: R&D, Nutrition, Regulatory, Quality.
Years: 1991 to 1993 Employer: Bioproducts Inc. Title: Product Manager Department: Sales Responsibilities: Technical Sales, ingredient procurement, ideation.
Years: 1989 to 1991 Employer: Nestle Title: Technical Manager Department: Pet food division Responsibilities: Technical liaison between Marketing and manufacturing as well as Marketing and product development.
Years: 1981 to 1989 Employer: Nestle Title: Senior Scientist Department: Pet food research & development. Responsibilities: Developing products for the Friskies division.

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