Dr Nigel Duane Barrett, MAIFST

  • Know Why Consulting
  • +61 407 279 716
  • nigelbarrett1@outlook.com
  • 7 / 131-133 Brook St, Coogee NSW 2034
  • Linkedin profile
  • 30 years in the food industry working in product, processing and packaging development.

One key learning: it is far better to "know why" something happens rather than just "know how". With "know why" you can extrapolate not just interpolate.

My aim is to help food companies grow and improve their businesses by helping them develop "know why" as well as "know how". I can do this by asking the right questions and applying my broad range of technical and business skills.

I have extensive expertise in

- Food science, food engineering and bioprocessing.

- Dairy science, especially cheese.

- Water and waste water treatment

- Food ingredients and interactions

- Training and developing technical staff in key non-technical skills

- Developing Innovation & R&D strategies to support business strategies

- R&D business processes such as Stage - Gate

Simon Brooke-Taylor, Bsc (Hons) PhD MBrew MAIFST

With over 35 years’ experience in the Food & Beverage Industry and Government, providing the expertise you need, when you need it, in:

- Food regulatory policy and risk analysis

- Complying with the Australia New Zealand Food Standards Code and other relevant regulations

- preparing and submitting applications to amend the ANZ Food Standards Code

- Food ingredient safety & toxicology

- Novel foods, food additives & processing aids

- Food allergen risk assessment and labelling

- Food labelling and claims

- Standard 1.2.7 health claim compliance & substantiation

- Advice on new product development and labelling

- Compliance review of composition and labelling of imported foods

- Requirements for imported foods, including import permit application

- International Food Standards and Codex


Craig Coleby, MAIFST

With over 30 years’ experience working on the factory floor and global management roles, Craig knows the kinds of problems and pressures that your manufacturing business is facing and loves using his experience to help clients come up with practical and effective processes that achieve business goals.

We deliver tailored solutions for process improvement, capacity increase, quality improvement and manufacturing cost reduction, including:

- Production Control

- Process Development

- System Development and Certification

- Process Design, including equipment sizing and selection 

- Plant Commissioning


Derio Comar, BSc(Hons), FRACI, MAIFST, MASM, MASC

Over 40 years experience in food QA, Laboratory management, for a broad range of food industries. Investigation of microbiological contaminants and foodborne illness. Review of HACCP, QA systems and failures. 

Technical consulting, investigative literature reviews, scientific reports for legal and insurance purposes. Consultant to company boards.

Irma de Bree, MAIFST

…….Ideation to Commercialisation

Solutions in Food is a company that specialises in product development and enables commercialisation of new concepts.  Established in 2005, the company has successfully facilitated hundreds of product launches including “The Beverage of the Year” in the 2018 Food & Beverage Industry Awards.

The Principal consultant (Irma de Bree) has over 30 years of experience in FMCG, Dairy and Grocery, Confectionary and Beverages. Other team members have expertise in complimentary sectors such as flavour and seasonings development, jam and sauce manufacturing. The unique combination of product development, food science and management experience has equipped Solutions in Food with strong broad ranging skills and network.

Core Services offered include:

  • Product Development & Bench Scale Concepts
  • Reverse Engineering
  • Sourcing Commercial Ingredients
  • Product Costs
  • Scale up factory trials
  • Label data and Compliance
  • Technical Support and Advice
  • Cost reduction
  • Troubleshooting

Product Categories include

  • Retailer Private Label ( Coles, WW, Aldi, Independents)
  • Beverages ( Still, Carbonated, Juice, Plant Milks, Sugar Free)
  • Salad dressings ( One or two phase, healthier )
  • Mayonnaise ( Premium, foodservice, free from)
  • Sauces ( Traditional, Sugar Free, Allergen Free, Industrial and Foodservice)
  • Cake & Cookie Mixes ( Traditional, allergy free, reduced sugar, retail and foodservice)
  • Snack foods ( Muesli bars, health mixes, seasonings for extruded snacks and chips)
  • Sports foods (Protein shakes, Workout blend, Vegan and Dairy Based)
  • Shelf-Stable and Perishable Goods

Free no-obligation initial consultation

Tom Debney, FAIFST

Professional advisers for Food Industry Partners 

- Helping Food Industry Partners to become more profitable, innovative, productive and competitive

- Provides expertise to save time and money in non-productive activities

- Manages the whole project

- Provides expertise outside of company politics & friendships

- Uses and promotes World Best Practices

- Building the capability to ensure successful completion

- Have skilled resources with Specialties

- Food Application, Food Productivity, Food Innovation, Food Commercialisation, Food Safety and Quality, Food Process, Food Manufacturing, Food Production, Product Development, Portfolio Optimisation, Cost Reduction, 8P Model - Framework for commercialisation


Dennis Forte, MAIFST

A chemical engineering graduate of the RMIT, Dennis Forte spent ten years with the MARS Corporation. During this time he was involved in both process and product development roles within the areas of Confectionery, Canned Pet Food and Dry Pet Food Extrusion Technologies.

He then spent five years with The Uncle Tobys' Company as the Process Engineering Manager, where he was actively involved in the quantification and optimization of the various unit operations employed in the manufacture of Ready – To – Eat Breakfast Cereals and Snacks.

Key areas of expertise include:

- Extrusion processing

- Process modelling

- Process optimisation 

- Drying technology

- Provision of consultancy

- Technical support

- Design expertise

- Training


Nicole Inwood

Pinnacle Management Systems provides consultation services to assist your business with developing, implementing and improving WHS, quality, food safety or environmental management systems.

Our experienced consultants can help you to

  • Document and Implement a Food Safety, Quality, Environment and Work, Health and Safety (WHS or OHS) Management System
  • Training: we offer training in a range of management systems, standards, food hygiene, internal auditing, and more, please see our website for the full range of courses available
  • Audits: gap analysis or readiness check before certification, supplier audits or internal audits
  • Document Templates: We have a range of policies, procedures, JSA’s, SWMS and templates ready to integrate into your business operations
  • Tender Response Documentation: we can assist you with preparing tenders and help you win more contracts

We have extensive experience in the following Standards

ISO 9001, ISO 14001, ISO 45001, ISO 4801, OHAS 18001

Codex HACCP, ISO 22000, ISO22002 and ISO22004, BRC, SQF, FSSC, HARPs, Freshcare, WQA, Woolworths Supplier Excellence Program, Aldi, Costco, ABWI and Tesco

Kim Jorgensen, MAIFST

I specialise in food safety training and food safety/quality system development/review for small and large organisations. I am a recognised Freshcare trainer. 

My most recent experience in food safety system implementation is for SQF, Codex HACCP Food Safety & Quality Systems, SafeFood QLD, Department of Agriculture Dairy AA. I train in HACCP, Food Safety Supervisor and Auditing for two Australian RTOs. 

Correct Food Systems 

Your partner in Food Safety Compliance: Professional, Responsive, Specialist, Cost effective.

Correct Food Systems provides food safety technical advice to help your business meet its food complicance, certification and business development requirements.

Respected and well established, with a cost effective, practical approach, our national team of food safety professionals will work with you, on your operational business requirements.

As one of Australia's leading independant food safety consultancy businesses, we offer a range of food technology and food auditing services, to all sectors of the agrifood industry, across Australia. 

- HACCP food safety plans and certification

- Import and export arrangements

- Development and updates to Food Safety and Quality Management systems to meet regulatory and  GFSI/vendor standards eg SQF, ISO22000, Metcash etc.

- Labelling reviews

- Training to suit your business needs. RTO accredited courses and tailor made onsite training

- Specialist technical consultancy advice as you require; allergen management, VACCP, recall, labelling, process controls etc.


Dr Andreas Kiermeier

  • Statistical Process Improvement Consulting and Training Pty Ltd
  • +61 423 028 565
  • andreas.kiermeier@gmail.com
  • PO Box 301, Gumeracha SA 5233

Professional statistician with extensive microbiological knowledge. Key areas include:
- Experimental & survey design; Data analysis

- Statistical process control; quality/process improvement

- Simulation / process modeling and quantitative risk assessment

- Acceptance sampling

- Statistical training

Quality Associates 

Quality Associates are your expert food safety and quality partners, with the principal consultants having 50+ years’ experience in agri-food and FMCG companies as well as grocery retailers domestically and internationally.

Our team ranges from food technologists, microbiologist, nutritionist and consumer scientists, accredited auditors, quality inspectors, specification and labelling experts, quality professionals and trainers.

We offer you a one stop shop with our services including food safety consulting and quality systems management, regulatory and label compliance, specifications management, product testing, recall management, gap audits, quality inspections and training (RTO 41341).

Call us about our consulting and outsourcing options. We’d love to hear from you.



- New Food Development with extensive knowledge of latest trends

- Food Labeling and legislation

- Process optimization and troubleshooting

- Food safety and quality troubleshooting

- HACCP, SQF, BRC, Woolworths Supplier Excellence, NSW Food Authority expertise and implementation

- Cook/Chill, Organic, High Care RTE expertise 

- Subway Systems expertise

- Approved Food Authority Auditors

- QSR Quality program and NPD implementation

Janette K McDonald, FAIFST 

Janette McDonald Consulting provides a full range of confidential technical services to the food industry specialising in Product Development, Shelf Life, Labelling and the Commercialisation Process from concept to product launch. 

In addition our associates have the knowledge and skills to assist with your marketing strategy, sensory evaluation and focus groups, label design and food safety program, ensuring that your final product is safe and delicious and meets consumer demands for repeat sales.

Janette has qualifications in Science, Food Science and Human Nutrition and is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Food Science and Technology. She is an experienced practitioner with over 35 years food industry experience in Australia and in the USA.

Jim Moshovelis

Food, Beverage and Pharmaceutical Consultants

A Scientific & Regulatory consulting firm specialising in the food, beverage & pharmaceutical industries, we help organisations be competitive by finding solutions to their regulatory & scientific needs.
- Expert advice on Regulatory Policy & Strategy

- Health & Nutrition Claims

- Regulatory submissions

- Representation / Liaison with Government Authorities

- Stakeholder engagement

- Formulation & Label Reviews / Advice

- Country of Origin Advice


Bernard J Parker, FAIFST

  • ParkerFood Pty Ltd
  • +61 413 747 873
  • bernard@parkerfood.com.au
  • PO Box 182, Noosaville QLD 4566
  • Bernard J Parker on LinkedIn // ParkerFood Pty Limited

Utilise Bernard's 40 years practical & global food industry experience, at Managing Director level since 1987. 

- Management guidance of food businesses include generational change

- Special Project Management

- Technical staff development in R&D, Manufacturing etc. 

- New Products; tailored product development & ingredient sourcing

- Manufacturing processes & manufacturing site development

- Extensive knowledge of foods, baking & baking ingredients

Jacinta Sexton, MAIFST

- Develop food safety programs

- Ongoing maintenance of the systems

- Interpretation of food legislation

- Contract training

- Contract auditing

- Contract product development

- Process Improvements

- Formulation development

- Technical reviews

- Shelf life studies / Create a testing schedule

- Interpretation of testing data

- Label compliance reviews / Label content creation

- Country of origin labelling

- Health Star Ratings

Dr Ajay Shah, FAIFST

AAS Food Technology Pty Ltd was established in 2000. Dr Ajay Shah (Principal Consultant) from AAS Food Technology has undertaken consultancy projects for a large number of organisations within Australia, New Zealand and UK. Dr Shah is a qualified food scientist and food technologist from UK and specialises in the following areas:

Formulations and New Product Development
Process Development and Improvements
Quality Assurance
Food Safety and Auditing
Food Preservation and Packaging Development
Shelf Life Evaluation
Food Ingredient Labelling & Nutritional Panel Compliance
Technical Support & Regulatory Advice
Food Analytical Advice
Implementation and Management of HACCP Based Quality Systems
Occupational Health & Safety
Organic Certification Support
Staff Training and Workplace Assessments
Extrusion Technology

Dr Shah has lectured in the field of Food Science and Technology to university students in Australia, UK and New Zealand. In addition he has reviewed Food Science and Technology books for Australian Institute of Food Science & Technology as well as the Institute of Food Science &Technology (UK). Dr Shah has shared his expertise by presenting technical seminars at International conferences.


Robin Sherlock, MAIFST

Rob Sherlock is an industry professional with over 15 years’ experience in the food industry and has worked with a broad range of stakeholders to establish robust allergen management tools and programs to reduce risk for both industry and food allergic consumers. 

Sherlock Food Allergen Risk Management can provide:

  • A risk review to examine the “whole of process “risk and implement best practice recommendations aimed at reducing exposure to recalls and allergic consumer risk
  • Risk assessment and trouble-shooting for clients related to analytical results and allergen management challenges  
  • Industry and site-specific training in allergen management including Allergen Bureau endorsed VITAL training
  • Allergen management training for the food service sector

Neil Smith, MAIFST

Neil has over 45 years of experience in the food industry working in QA, Regulatory Affairs, Product Development and Project roles for major companies, including Nestle and Cadbury. In particular, Neil has had over 15 years of experience in Regulatory Affairs, working in the dairy, confectionary, beverage, food service and ingredients industries. 

Gillian Van Someren-Hurley, MAIFST

Safe Food Australia has been established for 18 years and has built a reputation based on quality audits, fair pricing and providing great customer service.

Safe Food Australia P/L provides food safety auditing, consultancy, food safety training and HACCP certification throughout NSW, QLD and VIC.

We offer these services to a variety of businesses including aged care, private hospitals, food wholesalers and manufacturers, caterers and retail outlets, dairy farms and stock feed manufacturers.


Patrick Watson

- Food Safety Management Systems
- Safe Quality Food (SQF)
- British Retail Consortium (BRC)
- Food Science and Technology
- Packaging
- Waste Management
- Food & Beverage
- Food Technology
- Innovative Product Development
- Recipe and Process Re-engineering

- Food Processing
- Process Innovation
- Quality Assurance
- Business Partnering
- Food Industry Networks
- Strategic Planning
- Global Intelligence
- Cross Team Facilitation
- Team Building
- Outsourced management functions

Gordon Young, MAIFST

Technical advice (process design, equiptment selection etc.) and training in food processing. Areas of particular specialisation include thermal processing, drying and extrusion. On-site and public training is also offered in those areas, in Australia and internationally. www.fie.com.au. 


Anthony (Tony) Francis Zipper, FAIFST

  • Professional Food and Pharmaceutical Services (PFPS)
  • +61 409 324 075 / +61 3 9527 7438
  • tzipper@dodo.com.au
  • The Elms, Unit 1, 91 Westbury St, St Kilda East VIC 3183

- Advice re food & pharmaceutical labelling, including NIPs, ingredients, claims, country of origin labelling heath star rating etc

- Calculation & development of nutrition information panels 

- Advice re product formulation and development

- Expertise in food standards and regulations

- Preparation of and responses to fsanz applications etc. 

- Expert witness

- Advice re kosher status

- Writing food articles / proof reading

- Preparation of oral presentations

- Technical director orangutan alliance (re palm oil free)

Andrew Scholz

Andrew has over 30 years of knowledge in the Food Industry and having worked as a consultant for over 14 years in a broad range of sites - nationally and internationally. Andrew assists clients and provides quality solutions using the following skills:

  • A proven record of high concern for quality - doing things right
  • A high level of analytical thinking and problem-solving skills
  • An established record of delivering results to a broad client base
  • Highly regarded as a third-party auditor and advisor to sign-off on new installations and commissioning projects
  • Process Authority for DAFF, NS MPI, and US FDA 
  • An exceptional ability to assess and manage priorities to ensure timely delivery of outcomes

Our team at Food Processing Specialists specialise in:

  • Product development from conception to completion
  • Factory design and layout Production
  • QA and Food Safety Systems
  • Thermal Processing, retorting and process control
  • Training including Retort Supervisors and Process Control School
  • Packaging supply and advice 
  • Short run and high-end contract manufacturing  



Please contact AIFST if you would like to be included in the consultants list.

Ph. +61 447 066 324 | E. aifst@aifst.com.au