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Nicholas Popp is the principal of Performance Packaging Consulting (PPC) and has been involved in the packaging industry since 1980. PPS was established in February 1997 after he recognized the industry’s need for a flexible and cost effective source of packaging expertise.

Packaging development experience at:

  • Hunt-Wesson Foods, a division of ConAgra Foods;

  • Taco Bell, a division of Yum! Brands;

  • Chevron Chemical;

  • Norcliff-Thayer, now part of Glaxo SmithKline

  • Packaging consulting


Experienced in many areas of packaging, having successfully worked in packaging operations, equipment engineering, plant engineering, R&D packaging development and packaging management. This experience, covering all phases of packaging development, converting, filling and distribution, has prepared Mr. Popp to quickly analyze situations, efficiently formulate solutions and effectively implement them.


Experience with these packaging types:

  • Plastic bottles – lightweight designs with screw closures and labeling

  • Thermoformed containers – cups and tubs with flexible heat-seal closures

  • Glass jars – threaded and lug closures

  • Metal containers – cans and coatings

  • Flexible packaging – pouches, bags, bag-in-box, heat seal lidding

  • Paper wraps – various paper grades, coatings and treatments

  • Paperboard – folding cartons, formed cartons, clamshells and sleeves

  • Corrugated – shipping containers, POS and promotional—design and cost savings


Expertise covers:

  • Retail, institutional and Quick Serve Restaurant (QSR) packaging

  • Extensive new product/package development

  • Test method development and experimental design

  • Sustainable packaging solutions that fit with client objectives and goals

  • Package/product interactions and shelf-life determination

  •  Studies on new materials and package structures

  • Thorough knowledge of packaging equipment and operations

  • Hands-on experience in various production facilities

  • Excellent industry contacts

  • Wide source base for new materials, packaging and co-packing


Education and Certifications

  • Bachelor of Science, Packaging, Michigan State University

  • MBA, Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville

  • Graduate level courses:

    • Polymer Science Applied to Packaging – Michigan State University 2002

    • Permeability and Shelf Life – Michigan State University 2004

  • Completed University of Arizona’s Better Process Control short course

  • CPP (Certified Packaging Professional), Institute of Packaging Professionals (IoPP)

  • Consultants Council, IoPP, Past-President

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