Alfredo Calle, Bsc, MBA, MAIFST

More than 20 years experience as a technical professional in the food & beverage industry with demonstrated history in developing new scalable products and processes with substantial commercial success.

Alfredo offers a range of services to the food industry such as:

- Product development and manufacturing process design for:

           - Non-alcoholic beverages including fruit juices and dairy drinks

           - Fermented dairy products like yoghurts and sour cream

           - Jams and condiment sauces and prepared frozen meals

- Sensory testing design and product assessment to understand consumer drivers of liking

- Product/process reformulation to optimise cost and/or improve quality

- Food labelling compliance

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. 


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

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 complementary 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


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

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.


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.

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. 


Geoffrey W. Smithers, PhD FAIFST

Geoffrey provides a wide range of services to the food industry including but not limited to:

- R&D planning

- Linking business outcomes with science/technology tools

- Innovation, strategic and operational planning

- Trouble-shooting

- Technology audits.

Further details can be found on Geoffrey's website.

    Patrick Watson

    • Tarn Food Consulting
    • +61 434 672 929
    • 53/69 Palmer Street, Richmond VIC 3121

      - Food Safety Management Systems
      - Safe Quality Food (SQF)
      - British Retail Consortium (BRC)
      - HACCP
      - GMP
      - 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



    Emma White

    A skilled food technologist delivering cutting edge and expansive product
    ranges, providing companies with innovative competitive advantage.
    Core areas of Expertise:

    - Product Development- → formulation design, sensory evaluation, project evaluation, factory trials

    - Regulatory Compliance- → labeling, packaging and sourcing raw materials

    - Cost Reduction and Analysis- → market analysis, product review, cost reduction analysis

    - Recipe Development- → designing recipes for single origin ingredient, new and existing products

    Product Development Expertise (From Concept to Commercialisation): 

    - Private Label Products (Coles, Woolworths, Aldi)

    - Health Food Products

    - Complimentary TGA listed Products (Topical and Oral)

    - Fresh, Frozen and Shelf Stable Products

    Over 14 years in the food and complimentary medicine sectors, with a deep understanding of the technical and commercial aspects of product development, ensuring compliance, cost reductions and efficiency gains for our clients and stakeholders.

    Anthony (Tony) Francis Zipper, FAIFST

    • Professional Food and Pharmaceutical Services (PFPS)
    • +61 409 324 075 / +61 3 9527 7438
    • 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 pannels 

    - 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)

    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

    Alexander Ziolkowski, MAIFST

    Seafood Processing, Marketing and Packaging

    Thermal Process preparation and evaluation

    Canned/Retort pouch processing



    DAWR Approved Arrangements for Fish

    Exporting and Export Accreditation


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

    Ph. +61 447 066 324 | E.