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CLIENT: CHILLED READY MEALS MANUFACTURER
PROJECT: COMPLETE OVERHAUL OF QUALITY MANAGEMENT SYSTEM
SCOPE: Successful chilled foods company after 5 years growth had achieved over £8 million sales of own label ethnic ready meals to single major retailer. Retailer's technical auditors were finding shortcomings in quality supervision and implementation of all quality checking protocols. QA staff were not diligent or motivated. Two QA managers had left within 1 year. Business was threatened by catastrophic loss of business. Booth Smith team in four months overhauled the quality systems, provided constant on-site consultants supervision for two months, retrained quality supervisors, implemented new QA protocols and assisted with new QA manager recruitment.
RESULT: Client company retained business, retailer was satisfied with progress, QA team and production staff remotivated, New QA manager became Director, Company increased sales to over £12 million within 2 years and expanded factory, launched new product lines.
CLIENT: (Confidential)
BSFT ROLE: Interim Technical Management and Training
COMPLETION: October 2000
PROJECT TEAM: Brian J Smith (Project Leader) with three other BSFT specialists
Booth Smith Food Technology Assignment Case History No. 201


CLIENT:: NORWEGIAN FISH RESEARCH ESTABLISHMENT
PROJECT: DEVELOP REFOMED PARTICULATE FISH PRODUCTS FOR HUMAN CONSUMPRION FROM FOOD GRADE FISH MEAL
SCOPE: The Client had developed a successful process for producing a hygienic, low odour powdered fish meal (herring) with low fat suitable for human consumption and was looking for product development consultancy to create edible food products with long shelf life at ambient storage conditions from this material. The intention was to set up manufacture in Norway or elsewhere adjacent to anticipated markets or licence others to use the developed processes. The client also wanted help in the marketing strategy.
RESULT: BSFT developed a successful process and appetising products appealing to SE Asian market accustomed to using dried fish in the diet. The successful bench top process using low pressure extrusion, heating and drying and unique product formulations were scaled up by the BSFT team to pilot scale at the Campden & Chorleywood Food Research Association in UK. This provided samples for market research. Patents, in the clients name, were filed world wide.
CLIENT: Norwegian Institute for Herring Industry Research
BSFT ROLE: Food Product Development Specialists
COMPLETION: October 1999
PROJECT TEAM: Brian J Smith (Product Development Technologist and Team Leader) with extrusion specialist, technicians and Campden & Chorleywood Food Research Association technicians
Booth Smith Food Technology Assignment Case History No. 202
BSFT has carried out projects in most Food Sectors - a selection is included here:
Bakery & Snacks
Beverages & Drinks
Canned Food
Chilled Food
Dairy
Dry Mix
Fats & Oils
Fish & Products
Frozen Food
Fruit & Vegetable
Meat & Poultry
Pickles Sauces Preserves
Other.


 
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CLIENT: European Commission, Brussels - (via ULG Consultants, Warwick UK)
PROJECT: DEVELOP STRATEGIC PLANS FOR ASSISTING PORTUGUESE FOOD INDUSTRIES TO ADAPT SUCCESSFULLY TO EEC (now EU) ENTRY IN EARLY 1980s.
SCOPE: Carry out site visits throughout Portugal and interview senior management in key food industries to provide basic strategic plans for each industry sector. Industries included tomato paste processing, sardine canning, fresh produce packing, olive and olive oil processing, sugar processing, dried salted fish production, regional cheese and meat products.
Report on process technology, efficiency, costs, hygiene and environmental standards, market awareness, packaging, distribution and marketing, quality management systems and recommend what training and costs were needed to implement upgrading for EEC entry and competitive market and new market opportunities
RESULT: Budgets and strategic plans were prepared by ULG for allocation of EEC funding to assist Portuguese food (and other) industries pre- and post accession to EEC.
CLIENT: European Commission - DG IV
BSFT ROLE: Food Industry Specialist
COMPLETION: July 1981
PROJECT TEAM: Brian J Smith (Food Industry Specialist) with ULG economists and strategic planners
Booth Smith Food Technology Assignment Case History No. 203
 
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