The Food & Drink Forum’s team of Food Technical Experts provide a range of support services to help you to create a safe food product in an efficient way, whether that be starting up from home or within production facilities.

It is essential that food businesses stay up-to-date with regulations and we help businesses to create a safe food product in an efficient way. The Food & Drink Forum can help you with support, mentoring, interim or part time technical management and training services. We access funding wherever possible to be able to offer our technical services to businesses free of charge, we can also provide food technical support services through our membership or on a consultancy basis based on your needs.

Our Technical Managers are SALSA scheme Auditors and Mentors, we can help you implement processes and quality systems to achieve SALSA certification. We can support you with factory design, nutritional analysis, labelling, HACCP, food safety and 5 start rating, certification and audits.

Get in touch or call us on 0115 975 8810 for confidential advice and start your food technical journey.

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Technical Support

For food and drink businesses

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    Technical Manager

    An affordable, flexible solution is available to your business through our fully industry-qualified and experienced Technical Managers. Whatever your changing technical requirement, we can provide mentoring, interim, part-time or customer-facing, ensuring continuous service to suit your changing business requirements.

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    SALSA Certification

    SALSA (Safe and Local Supplier Approval Scheme) is a robust and effective food safety certification scheme which is appropriate for smaller food producers and processors. Approved suppliers can demonstrate that they operate to standards that are recognised and accepted across the industry, and exceed the minimum standards expected by enforcement authorities. The Technical Team can help you to implement the processes and quality systems within your business in order to achieve SALSA certification. Our Technical Managers are SALSA scheme Auditors and Mentors.

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    Legal Label Checks

    Are your food and drink product labels in-line with the 2014 Food Information Regulations? Do you know if the claims you are making on your labels are accurate and legal? Are you correctly declaring ingredients and allergens? The Technical Team can provide advice and support to ensure your labels are compliant, including for products being exported (including USA labelling). 

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    Nutritional Analysis

    Using industry-recognised software, The Technical Team will analyse your product recipes and will provide you with a full nutritional analysis. From these results; legal product claims can be established, as well as front of pack traffic light information (includes products being exported to USA). 

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    HACCP Support

    HACCP (Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Points) is a systematic approach to food safety; considering and risk assessing biological, chemical and physical allergen hazards in your production processes and Food Safety Management System. 

    It is a legal requirement for food and drink manufacturers in the UK to have a HACCP system in place. The Technical Team can help you to identify the hazards within your production process, set critical limits and will assist with the development of your HACCP manual and systems, and can ensure the formats that customers and enforcements offices would expect to see.

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    BRCGS Certification Global Standard

    BRCGS (British Retail Consortium Global Standard) is the UK GSFI Standard for Food Safety and is a requirement to supply many large customers (including for exporting). The Technical Team can help you to implement the quality systems within your business in order to achieve BRC certification including; Food Safety, Storage and Distribution, Packaging, Agents and Brokers. These is no 'one-size-fits-all' for successful implementation and maintenance of these standards and so a bespoke plan will be developed based on your business needs.

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    Internal Audit

    Independent Internal Audits and the staff that carry them out are a key part of quality control within any food and drink business. Our Lead Auditor-qualified Technical Managers can undertake independent internal audits within your business on your behalf, or can provide training to your staff to ensure the correct principles of auditing are adhered to whilst managing continuous improvement. 

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    Product Preservation & Shelf Life Advice

    The Technical Team can provide food science advice on correct preservation parameters and methods for extending the shelf life of your food and drink product.

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    Lab Testing Analysis

    We can recommend local, reputable laboratories who can test your food and drink products, we will recommend the test that you need to have undertaken, set specification parameters and will help you to interpret the results.

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    Factory Layout, Product Processing & Efficiency

    Laying your manufacturing factory out correctly has an impact on hygiene standards, customer and certification requirements and efficiency. The Technical Team can provide advice and support on factory layouts, taking future growth and expansion into consideration.

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    Food Safety

    Food safety and hygiene is a key part of manufacturing. The Technical Team can provide advice and support to implement safe processes within your business.

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    Customer Specifications

    Bespoke customer specifications can be completed by The Technical Team.

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