FOOD SCIENCE CONSULTING SERVICES

Dr Hazel MacTavish-West provides food science and food technology consulting services, to identify, create and validate new food and drink products for national and export markets.

Our Approach:

1. IDENTIFY

Hazel travels globally reviewing new food and drink trends and identifying opportunities for Australian businesses. Recent trends include new gluten free speciality flours, vegetable rich snack products, plant-based protein alternatives and sophisticated zero alcohol distilled beverages.

2. CREATE

With careful consideration for your individual business objectives and resources, Hazel creates innovative food and drink products for specific target markets. She develops creative on-trend concepts using your key ingredient with natural flavours and other functional ingredients, combined with tried-and-tested safe food technology processes.  Hazel then develops several options for your assessment.

3. PROOF OF CONCEPT

Production realities are sense checked and costed, proof of concept samples are prepared for analysis, shelf-life trials, consumer focus groups and retailer presentations. Then commercial production protocols are developed, and if necessary, linkages with contract manufacturers are made.

4. VALIDATION

If your business has an existing product Hazel can assist you in the following areas:

  • nutritional analysis and development of nutrient information panel (NIP) information
  • packaging and labelling advice.
  • advice for making legal and supportable health claims
  • Sourcing appropriate packaging – materials and suppliers
  • Branding and design work to bring your products to life
  • Troubleshooting problems and optimising processes
  • Product range extensions

FOOD AND DRINK CATEGORIES:

Fruit and Vegetables, Nuts, Dairy, Seafood and Meat, Bakery

Protein alternatives and plant-based foods

Alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages

Functional foods and active ingredients

Fermented foods and beverages

Flavours and colours

Value-added, ready to eat foods

Personal care products and plant extracts

Replicating flower fragrance, scents and aromas

Consultations are held at our Hobart office or at your place of business. We also consult using Skype or by phone. 

CASE STUDIES

Hellfire Bluff Gins.

We developed a range of unique, award-winning distilled Tasmanian gins from traditional and unique fruits, herbs and spices.

Ashgrove Cheese Amaze Balls.

We developed natural flavours for these crunchy cheese snacks. Keto-friendly and high protein. Now entering national and export markets.

Freycinet Pickled Mussels.

We developed delicious, award-winning pickled mussels for a Tasmanian seafood producer, also export-ready long shelf-life products.

CONTACT HAZEL TO DISCUSS YOUR PRODUCT DEVELOPMENT NEEDS