Steven (Steve) C. Klawiter, CPP

B.S.      Packaging

               Minor - Technical and Management

                        Michigan State University

Steve's specialized areas include packaging materials, systems and system labs, process analysis, development and dynamics of packaging, financial management, marketing organization and management.

Steve's 20 years of food industry experience have involved developing new and innovative and cost effective solutions for specialized snack food products.  While at ConAgra Specialty Snacks, Steve was responsible for establishing a packaging department and packaging laboratory utilizing flexible materials, composite cans, plastic containers, glass containers, folding cartons, corrugated cardboard and displays.  He also worked closely with marketing helping create the packaging, displays and promotional materials to promote the Slim Jim, Pemmican, Penrose and Andy Capp brands.   He developed new materials to extend product shelf life while maintaining or improving packaging operations efficiency.  These new materials have included improving bag and flexible film structures to help extend extruded fries shelf life from 7 months to 18 months and extending snack stick barrier properties to allow shelf life greater than 12 months.  Steve implemented development of O2 scavenging structures to improve shelf stability of Beef Jerky Packaging.  During his 4 years at Cadbury, Steve developed new, innovative and cost effective concepts in product presentation utilizing various packaging materials.  All programs developed to maximize manufacturing efficiency and control cost while insuring marketing objectives and consumer appeal.  Steve developed new bagging materials which resulted in $80,000 cost savings per year while improving package machineability and seal integrity.  Conversion of laminated labels to single structure resulted in a cost savings of $110,000 per year and improved graphics and wrapping machine efficiencies.


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