Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA
Job TitleDirector of R&D and Engineering
Adam Pawlick is currently the Corporate Engineering Manager for Palermo's Pizza. In this role Adam has responsibility for all engineering (facilities, process, and packaging) as well as packaging material selection and package design. This allows him to leverage his knowledge of the sustainability industry and technologies across not only packaging material design, but equipment design as well. Prior to Palermo's Adam was most recently the Manager of Packaging Sustainability at ConAgra Foods. He has over 8 years of experience in the packaging industry both in the pharmaceutical/medical device sector with Baxter HealthCare as well as in the food industry with ConAgra Foods. His roles have covered multiple facets of the industry focusing on package design, material selection, equipment selection, and line layouts. He has run ConAgra Foods’ Foodservice packaging group, Frozen Foods packaging group, and is now leading a newly developed group focused on sustainable packaging and touches all brands and all packaging for ConAgra Foods.
Adam has over 6 patent applications currently processing and was the lead in the development of putting recycled PET into CPET trays (first in North America) and creating post industrial recycled PLA for shrink films (first in the world technology). His group focuses on improving every aspect of the sustainability of ConAgra Foods’ packages (social, economic, and environmental) and looks not only at step changes but partnerships to develop new technologies. His projects have won numerous awards, including Ameristar Awards for Best Food Package, DuPont Innovation Excellence Awards, IRI Best New Product awards, and GMA Innovation Awards. He has a proven track record of successfully launching new products and technologies as well as locating technologies to truly drive sustainable packaging.