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Expert in Food Product Research and Development for Manufacturing and Food Service Companies

Available for your Consulting and Expert Witness Needs

North Carolina (NC)
Education Work History Career AccomplishmentsPublicationsConsulting Services Expert Witness Market Research

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FAST-FOOD OPERATIONS. Expert has been intimately involved with the food service industry since 1979 as Director of R&D with Long John Silver's Seafood Shoppes and Hardee's restaurants. Since 1991 he has provided hands-on consulting for America's Favorite Chicken, Rally's, Golden Fried Chicken, Subway, Boston Market, Taco Bell, and other fast-food operations. He is familiar with all aspects of restaurant operations and corporate management of fast-food establishments.

FOOD FORMULATION. Expert has over 25 years of experience in food formulation in the food manufacturing and food service industries. During that time he has formulated or directed the formulation of countless new products or product refinements. His greatest expertise is in the bakery products, poultry, seafood, and meat industries.

FOOD FUNCTIONAL PROPERTY. With extensive academic studies of bakery and food science as well as food industry experience, he is well versed with the functionality of food products, ingredients, and properties. This enables him to provide clients with finished products that taste great and withstand processing and storage conditions inherent in the production of such products. He remains current with state-of-the-art technologies related to specific food properties.

FOOD INGREDIENT. Expert has current, in-depth knowledge of food ingredients, their sources, availability, cost, and impact on products and processing. He is able to use this knowledge to create and develop new products that satisfy consumers and clients in a cost-efficient, consistent manner. Through the Internet and related computer resources, he has access to all available food ingredient databases.

FOOD PRODUCT RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT; FOOD PRODUCT IMPROVEMENT. He has directed the overall management of product development and refinement for a variety of top 100 food manufacturing and food service firms. His direction has not only resulted in numerous successful products but in an efficient time and cost effective manner. His ability to anticipate consumer trends and meet customer needs is key to his success. He is proficient in computer-based product design models.

FOOD INDUSTRY; FOOD SERVICE; QUICK-SERVICE MEAL. A genuine passion for the food service industry since childhood has allowed Expert to enthusiastically serve clients with hands-on knowledge and skills. His unique combination of academic training and industrial experience provides his customers with the right information and the right product(s) to be successful in this ever-changing industry. He has assisted clients in virtually every segment of the industry, from fine dining to quick service to the rapidly emerging home meal replacement category.

HOME MEAL REPLACEMENT. Familiar with ready-to-eat or heat food products, expert has provided clients with hands-on product development and technical expertise since 1994. His satisfied clients include Boston Market, Harris Teeter SuperMarkets, Tyson Food Service, Con Agra Food Service, Armour Food Ingredients, and others.


fast-food operations


food formulation


food functional property


food industry


food ingredient


food product


food product development


food product research and development management


food service


food supplier


quick-service meal


baked food product


bakery product functional ingredient




baking science


food service industry


fast food



Show Secondary and Basic Areas of Expertise
Expert may consult nationally and internationally, and is also local to the following cities: Raleigh, North Carolina;  Durham, North Carolina;  Fayetteville, North Carolina;  Cary, North Carolina;  Jacksonville, North Carolina;  Greenville, North Carolina;  Rocky Mount, North Carolina;  and Suffolk, Virginia.

Often requested
with this expert:

Food Product Development: Pilot Plant Processes,...
Food Product Formulation
Food Packaging Technology
Food Service Management and Institutional Kitchen Design,...

Year   Degree   Subject   Institution  
1979   MS   Food Science   North Carolina State University-Raleigh  
1975   BS   Bakery Science   Kansas State University-Manhattan  

Work History:
Years   Employer   Title   Responsibilities

1991 to






He assists food manufacturing and food service companies in developing innovative, consumer driven new products as well as optimizing existing products. He provides state of the art technical services which save the client time and money. Expert witness services provide unbiased testimony for all types of food related litigation.

1984 to 1991


Hardee's Food Systems


Director of R&D


He directed corporate R&D efforts for one of the top 5 QSR chains including product development, product optimization and technical services. He created and led the product development group responsible for the creation and implementation of several new products which led directly to growth of company sales and profits.

1979 to 1984


Jerrico, Inc.


Director of Food Technology


He managed all new product development for Long John Silver's Seafood Shoppes as well as two additional regional restaurant chains. He assisted with food photography for television commercials and print advertising. He developed the signature batter formulation for Long John Silver's menu items ensuring consistency and customer satisfaction in over 1500 shoppes.

1975 to 1977


Campbell Taggart, Inc.


Assistant Project Leader


He assisted with the creation and development of numerous new chemically leavened products including cookies, biscuits, crackers, toaster pastries and refrigerated dough specialty items.

Career Accomplishments:

Expert is a member of the Institute of Food Technologists. He was elected to the Executive Committee of the IFT's Foodservice Division and was appointed to the Steering Committee of IFT's Carolina-Virginia Chapter. He is also a member of the American Association of Cereal Chemists, the Society for the Advancement of Foodservice Systems Research, and Phi Kappa Tau (Food Science Honorary). While at Kansas State University, expert was the President of the Bakery Science Club, a recipient of the Universal Foods Scholarship, and named Outstanding Senior of the Bakery Science Department.


Certified Food Scientist, part of the inaugural class designated by the Institute of Food Technologists in 2013.

Professional Appointments

Committee Chairperson for American Red Cross Blood Services Committee, Fred Turnage Chapter, Nash County, NC


2009 Volunteer of the Year for Nash County, NC American Red Cross Blood Services

Publications and Patents Summary

He has two publications dealing with food and food applications.

Consulting Services:
Selected Consulting Examples:
  • After starting his company in 1991, he has helped dozens of satisfied clients in both manufacturing and food service product development, with an emphasis on the food service sector. He has worked with several new product start-up ventures for individual entrepreneurs and small businesses. This involves all aspects of starting up, including product formulation, marketing, packaging, location of manufacturer(s), labeling, regulations, distribution, sales, pricing, and advertising.Expert WitnessHe has provided legal expertise to law firms involved in food-related trials since 1981. The areas he has consulted on have included food formulations, personal injury, food safety, patent infringement, franchisor/franchisee relationships, HACCP, and restaurant operations.Training/SeminarsHe developed a Sales Building Workshop, which helps clients to better understand how to sell their products to foodservice accounts.
  • As an expert litigation witness he has assisted both plaintiffs and defendants with all aspects of food industry and food service related cases including personal injury, food safety, patent infringement, food sanitation, food storage and distribution, food shelf life issues, restaurant operations, food formulations, food product and menu development and restaurant food handling issues including federal, state and local health department regulations.
Recent Client Requests:
  • Seafood USDA FDA expert for consulting on Seafood Processing.
  • Meat processing expert for consulting on deeper understanding of competition within the pork industry.
  • Food expert for consulting on sauce & dressing formulation.
  • Expert in Grocery Assignment
  • Fast food expert for consulting on Seeking for Federal Goverment Agency.
  • Expert in seafood "process authorities", NJ for consulting on Seafood Pasteurization.
  • Commercial sweet bread expert for consulting on bread production.
  • Expert in food product manufacturing for consulting on conception and planning advice.
  • Expert in pastries for consulting on developing kosher pie fillings.
  • Food formulation expert for consulting on FDA regulations, sourcing and manufacturing of seasonings.
  • Food science expert to assist with cost comparison for delivery system.
  • Expert in food production for consulting on fast food franchise based on Middle Eastern cuisine.
  • Frozen food expert for consulting on production distribution logistics.
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:
Expert has provided legal expertise to law firms involved in food-related trials since 1981. The areas he has consulted on have included food formulations, personal injury, food safety, patent infringement, franchisor/franchisee relationships, HACCP, and restaurant operations.
Recent Litigation Client Requests:
  • Expert for consulting on trade secret action.
  • Expert in food safety for analysis of the food safety process at a processing plant.
  • Food safety expert for consulting on food safety litigation.
  • Frozen food expert for consulting on frozen food safety and expiration dates issues
  • Expert in quick-service management for consulting on fast food / small sandwich shop management.
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:
Expert has provided technical expertise to the poultry industry in South Korea.

Market Research:
Over the past 23 years, expert has provided in-depth assistance in developing and launching numerous new and improved products. He has worked with individual entrepreneurs and major multinational companies (Dole and Nabisco).

As an ongoing consultant for Schwans Foodservice, he was asked to evaluate and refine the initial product concept and provide assistance for the launch into food service national accounts.

Boston Market hired him to provide food science expertise to culinary developed recipes for implementation into over 1500 restaurants throughout the US. This scientific discipline provided restaurant operations ease leading to consistent customer satisfaction.

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:

He developed a Sales Building Workshop, which helps clients to better understand how to sell their products to foodservice accounts.

Supplier and Vendor Location and Selection

Expert has experience locating vendors of food flavors and essences (Universal Flavors), frozen specialty products (Schwan's Foodservice), batters and breadings (Newlyweds, Griffith Labs), spices and seasonings (Georgia Spice, McCormick)and food regulatory attorneys (in South Korea).

Other Skills and Services

Expert provides hands-on technical expertise for entrepreneurs wanting to turn favorite family recipes into retail and or food service new products. This turn key approach provides industry insight and contacts unavailable to most new start up companies allowing dreams and goals to be met efficiently and effectively.


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