Mention the word Christmas and everyone goes into a mad panic! The good news is that The Mobile Food Scientist will not be closing this Christmas. I won't be far from my phone or computer throughout the festive season, so if you have an urgent query I will be here to jump.
GIVE ME A BREAK
Everyone does need a little break, so the Mobile Food Scientist will be taking some time off mid to end of January 2016. During this time email access will be limited but the aim is to complete nutrition information panels or answer general queries within a week.
THE FOOD ACT 2014
The new food regulations have been formally passed, on the 7th of December 2015. I haven't had time to read these yet, so while the rest of you are relaxing at the beach with the latest Jeffery Archer novel, I will be catching up on legislation changes.
FOOD CONTROL PLANS
I am concerned that some clients still haven't heard of Food Control Plans, the new Food Act comes into force on 01 March 2016, so to be aware of what this means for your business please follow this link http://www.mpi.govt.nz/food-safety/food-act-2014/
Some new templates have been put out recently to help prepare these. You may require a food safety consultant to help design one specifically for your business, although I am not one of these myself, send me an email firstname.lastname@example.org if you want some suggestions of great consultants with expertise relevant to your business structure.
FAVOURITE FEEDBACK FROM 2015
There is nothing better than picking up the phone to hear an overly excited development client yelling WOW you've nailed it again!!! This comes from having awesome innovative ingredient suppliers, who bend over backwards to help me achieve my goals for specific clients, while also using my communication skills to determine exactly what the client is after.
However my favourite expression of gratitude this year is this one "It goes without saying Nicki that I have been SUPER impressed with your contribution since joining our team we are delighted to have you on board - it feels like Sonny Bill has just come off the bench and taken the field so a huge thank you for your efforts. Hopefully my sentiments have flowed to you via my business partner, as I have expressed several times how pleased I am with your cut through ability, speed and obvious food expertise - Great Stuff!”
FOOD TECHNOLOGIST LOOKING FOR A PART TIME ROLE BASED IN CHCH
Okay so I am also a recruitment consultant, who would have thought!!! A well respected Food Tech with decades of industry experience mostly in Bakery and Dairy NPD has recently been made redundant. Due to family commitments she is after part time but permanent work.
I know a couple of CHCH bakeries that would benefit significantly from employing her, so if you want to make someone's Christmas by offering them a job or at least having a chat regarding potential opportunities flick me an email email@example.com and I will pass on her details.
NZ Food Innovation South Island (FoodSouthTM), is up and running with a successful open day last month, show casing some of the capabilities of the pilot plant.
If you have a new product idea or want to trial out new machinery this may be the place to help get you to market.
If you have a project you wish to discuss email John Morgan firstname.lastname@example.org or for more information check out http://www.foodinnovationnetwork.co.nz/location/food-south
Congratulations to all of my start up clients from this year. I love reading of your success in cuisine magazine or at various food awards. I know from experience starting up a new business is hard work but you've got yourselves out there which is the first step to success!!!
If you know of anyone starting a food business don’t forget to tell them about "The Mobile Food Scientist" or point them towards my website www.themobilefoodscientist.co.nz. I love giving guidance on Food Standard requirements, mentoring opportunities and various courses available to newcomers to the industry.
For those of you who have not visited my website Check out www.themobilefoodscientist.co.nz for more information on the areas I am specializing in. The key objective of my company “The Mobile Food Scientist” is to offer a high quality, professional, yet friendly service with a fast turnaround time.
A massive thank you to everyone who has supported me over the past 2 years, whether you are a client, a supplier or another consultant who has recommended me to others. Your support means a lot and has got me to where I am today.