An Introduction to Food-Technologists.co.uk The business is owned and managed by Ken Driver, a professional member of the Institute of Food Science and Technology (MIFST), Registered Scientist, approved Haccp and Food Safety Trainer for the Royal Society for Public Health & HABC and Lead Tutor on ISO 22000 & ISO 9001 Lead Auditor courses. A small consultancy business which provides a personal service as a Food Technologist and Food Safety Advisor - the client only works with one consultant. Access to an extensive network of other food safety professionals is available including Food Care Solutions in Northamptonshire who deliver some of these services in the south of the UK. Food labelling services are available through www.labelcheck.co.uk
Market sector experience includes a wide range of food groups including frozen & chilled meat, fish and vegetable based products, ready meals, raw meat and poultry products, bakery products, primary fish and vegetable processing. Also experience of other food processing industries including crisps and extruded snacks, chocolate & sugar confectionary, fruit juices, animal feeding stuffs, bottled water and non food products.
A wide range of food safety and quality related projects have been completed. These have included focused one off projects to address a specific problem within the clients business to ongoing technical support over a number of years. Projects and training for other training or consultancy companies include the following.
1) IQMS, an SAI Global company (www.iqms.co.uk) as a Lead Tutor delivering ISO 22000 / 9001 lead auditor and internal audit training and as a tutor for the Caribbean Institute for Quality in Trinidad.
2) Food safety consultant at Hawkes Associates (www.hawkesassociates.co.uk) a risk management organisation specialising in occupational health and hygiene, safety, environmental and corporate social responsibility consultancy working primarily, but not exclusively, for the energy sectors.
3) Consultant at Zenith International (www.zenithinternational.com) who provide commercial and technical consultancy, market intelligence and conference services. Zenith International work with over 1,000 clients in 50 countries, ranging from start-ups to multinationals and help these companies in nearly every aspect of their business, both commercial and technical.
Whilst work has been completed for larger companies, there are also many smaller often privately owned companies who have not yet developed a level of business that is sufficient to sustain the full time services of a qualified and experienced Technical Manager or have some but limited technical resources. These smaller companies often require simple, practical and inexpensive solutions to their problems.
One of our main strengths is practical hands on experience in the food industry combined with consultancy experience which provides an understanding of the problems in running a food business rather than looking at these technical aspects in isolation of the rest of the business.
A full range of services are available to food manufacturers, food ingredient manufacturers, caterers, wholesalers or other non-manufacturing companies, including those who market a range of products under their own label. For smaller companies, particularly those in the UK, there is often a requirement to supplement existing resources.
Projects have been completed for small, medium and large food manufacturers, ingredient manufacturers, banking & investment groups, Business Link & other support organisations, food wholesalers & buying groups, storage & distribution companies, supermarket retailers, universities, solicitors, industrial catering / foodservice and other food safety consultancies. Projects have been completed for clients based throughout the UK and also based in the USA, Canada, Poland, New Zealand, Sri Lanka, Sweden, Belgium and Germany. On site work has been completed in a number of other countries including Azerbaijan, Angola, Iraq, Ghana, Trinidad, South Korea, India, Pakistan, Egypt, Nigeria, UAE, USA, Lithuania, Moldova, Singapore, France, Spain and Italy. Updated: V26 05/10/15