Adjunct Professor Gordon Robertson

Adjunct Professor

School of Agriculture and Food Sustainability
Faculty of Science


Gordon Robertson is a food packaging consultant, expert witness, author and trainer, and an adjunct Professor in the School of Agriculture and Food Sciences at the University of Queensland, Brisbane, Australia. Prior to that he was for 11 years Vice President for Environmental & External Affairs for Tetra Pak in their Asia Regional Headquarters. Before that he was Foundation Professor of Packaging Technology at Massey University, New Zealand where he taught courses in food packaging for 21 years. The 1st edition of his book FOOD PACKAGING: PRINCIPLES & PRACTICE was published in 1992, followed by a 2nd edition in 2006. They have become the most popular books on food packaging and are used in universities and by industry around the world. The 3rd edition was published by CRC Press in the USA in December 2012. He offers training courses in food packaging using the book as the course notes. He is a Fellow of the International Academy of Food Science & Technology, and a Fellow of the US Institute of Food Technologists. In addition he is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Packaging, a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Food Science & Technology, and a Past President and Fellow of the New Zealand Institute of Food Science & Technology. From 2010 to 2012 he was a member of the Governing Council of IUFoST (International Union of Food Science & Technology). He is a member of the editorial boards of several journals including Packaging Technology & Science and Food Packaging & Shelf Life.


  • Masters (Coursework), Massey University


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Book Chapter

  • Robertson, G. L. (2016). Packaging and food and beverage shelf life. The stability and shelf life of food. (pp. 77-106) edited by Persis Subramaniam. Duxford, United Kingdom: Woodhead Publishing. doi: 10.1016/B978-0-08-100435-7.00003-4

  • Robertson, G. L. (2014). Packaging materials for biscuits and their influence on shelf life. Encyclopedia of Agriculture and Food Systems. (pp. 232-249) edited by Neal K. Van Alfen. San Diego United States: Elseiver. doi: 10.1016/B978-0-444-52512-3.00063-2

  • Robertson, G. L. (2011). Heat Treatment of Milk: Ultra-High Tempterature Treatment (UHT: AspectPackaging. Encyclopedia of dairy sciences. (pp. 708-713) edited by John W. Fuquay, Patrick E. Fox and Paul L. H. McSweeney. Amsterdam, The Netherlands: Academic Press. doi: 10.1016/B978-0-12-374407-4.00217-X

  • Robertson, G. L. (2011). Packaging and food and beverage shelf life. Food and beverage stability and shelf life. (pp. 244-272) edited by David Kilcast and Persis Subramaniam. Oxford, United Kingdom: Woodhead Publishing. doi: 10.1016/B978-1-84569-701-3.50007-4

  • Robertson, G. L. (2011). Packaging materials for biscuits and their influenec on shelf life. Manley's technology of biscuits, crackers and cookies. (pp. 247-267) edited by D. J. R. Manley. Cambridge, United Kingdom: Woodhead Publishing. doi: 10.1533/9780857093646.2.247

  • Robertson, G. L. (2011). Paper-based packaging for frozen foods. Handbook of frozen food processing and packaging. (pp. 743-758) edited by Da-Wen Sun. Boca Raton Florida, United States: CRC Press. doi: 10.1201/b11204-41

  • Robertson, Gordon L. (2009). Food packaging. Food science and technology. (pp. 275-298) edited by Geoffrey Campbell-Platt and International Union of Food Science and Technology. Chichester, West Sussex, U.K.: Wiley-Blackwell.

  • Robertson, Gordon (2009). Sustainable food packaging. Handbook of Waste Management and Co-Product Recovery in Food Processing. (pp. 221-254) Cambridge, England: Woodhead Publishing. doi: 10.1533/9781845697051.2.221

  • Robertson, Gordon (2008). Shelf life of packaged foods: Its measurement and estimation. Developing new food products for a changing marketplace. (pp. 329-352) edited by A. L. Brody and J. B. Lord. Boca Raton, Florida, U.S.: CRC Press.

  • Robertson, Gordon L. (2008). State-of-the-art biobased food packaging materials. Environmentally compatible food packaging. (pp. 3-28) edited by Chiellini, Emo. Cambridge, U.K.: Woodhead Publishing. doi: 10.1533/9781845694784.1.3

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