Worthington Food Consultancy Services

Call me on: 07841 687511                     Email me on: david@worthingtonfoodconsultancy.co.uk

WHY CHOOSE ME?

I understand that you have a choice of who to appoint as your independent food consultant.

If I believe I can fulfil your brief I will provide a tailored solution which supports and adds value to your business.

Whatever the task, I will not compromise on food safety or legality.

I will treat any aspect of your business that I see, read or am told about in the strictest confidence.

Above all, I always strive to operate with honesty and integrity.

WHAT BENEFITS CAN I BRING TO YOUR BUSINESS?

Expertise - food is a challenging industry with new threats frequently emerging (e.g. food fraud) and a regularly changing legislative landscape. Technical professionals are expected to know about everything from allergen management to social accountability.

I gained a BSc (Hons) Industrial Food Technology upper second in 1990 and have since worked for retailers, manufacturers and food importers, totaling over 25 years' experience across many different product sectors including low acid and acidified heat processed foods, a variety of frozen food categories, confectionery, bakery, cereals, biscuits, dried foods, condiments and pickles, chilled ready meals & pizza. Since 2007 I have worked as a self-employed food consultant on assignments ranging from launching a completely new range of own label food products to writing quality procedures and manuals.

WHO AM I?

I am David Worthington, a food technology graduate with over 26 years' experience in food retailing, manufacturing and importation.

Since 2007 I have successfully run my own food consultancy business. Energetic and enthusiastic with a passion for food, my aim is to provide a responsive, tailored service that supports my customer's business needs and contributes to the achievement of their business objectives.

Additional resource - even large-scale food businesses sometimes find themselves short of resource whether that be linked to increased activity due to multiple customer new product launches, paternity / maternity leave or a short-term inability to back fill key vacated technical or quality positions. Smaller companies may also be inadequately resourced or prefer to outsource activities such as supplier auditing.

I have conducted over 300 first and second party audits against a variety of standards including Tesco Food Manufacturing Standard, Waitrose Points of Difference and BRC V7 as well as retail ethical standards. I am a qualified lead assessor and have recently completed training in BRC Food Issue 7: Understanding the Requirements and Protocol & Report Writing.

I have 9 years' experience of delivering retail category new products development plans and the associated project management skills.

Impartial viewpoint - permanently employed staff often talk about being too close to their operation to "see the wood for the trees" and such operations often benefit from assessment by an independent, impartial pair of eyes. Equally, in companies with a very small technical resource, it is difficult to fulfil the site's internal audit programme, maintaining independence between the auditor and the area being audited. In such situations this can be facilitated using an external consultant.

I have conducted gap analysis and audits, assisting several clients with preparation for their BRC audits. Through exposure to such a large number of manufacturing sites over my career I have seen many examples of best practice which I can use to help drive continuous improvement.