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McFoodies are the leading provider of food technology expertise to the New Zealand food manufacturing, importing and retailing industry.

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Food technology is in our blood

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Established service provider

McFoodies has been providing consultants / contractors to meet the food technology needs of our clients since January 2000.

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Qualified consultants

All the McFoodies contractors are professional, tertiary qualified food technologists. They all have years of food industry experience.

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Flexibility for you

Our food technologists can work either on-site or off-site, for 1 hour or 100 hours - it all depends on the requirements of your business.

Keep your company on track

The standard charge-out rate for a McFoodies food technologist is $120 + GST per hour.

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Labelling compliance

Calculating nutrition and compliance information for new labels

Reviewing existing labels against NZ and international regulations

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Food safety

Developing product-specific process flow diagrams and HACCP plans

Implementing complete food safety programmes, ready for audit

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Systems auditing

Internal auditing of food safety and quality management programmes

Devising audit checklist for new supplier assessment programme

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Recipe development

Sourcing ingredients and packaging for new and current products

Creating / adjusting formulations to improve quality or save cost

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Product commercialisation

Shelf life testing for sensory and microbiological status

Planning for, and carrying out production trials at various facilities

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Production management

Assessing techniques for detection of specific foreign matter types

Designing production processes, on both bench-top, and at factory scale

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Technical paperwork

Preparing and checking technical product specifications for ingredients

Summarising packaging regulations to make more understandable

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Crisis management

Testing management response during mock product recall exercise

Managing serious consumer complaints incident for food product

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Market assessment

Researching potential customers and applications for food ingredients

Determining market understanding of quality mark used on product

Trusted by smart companies

Having confidence in our labelling is crucial to confidence in our business. In working with Cathy and McFoodies, we can trust what we communicate to our customers through our labels. Any query or analysis - significant or trivial - is answered quickly and thoroughly, and we are always grateful to the team for their help and guidance through all aspects of the product labelling process. We also develop and contract manufacture for several clients in New Zealand and because our client's success is our success, I always recommend McFoodies to help with their label development. They are definitely the go-to team in this field.

Aaron Raisey Raisey's

As an artisan producer of award winning fig products, we really appreciate the support and experience of McFoodies in assisting us to ensure that we meet all the regulatory and compliance requirements around new product development. McFoodies are so approachable and easy to work with – they are a real asset to our business.

Helen Walker Te Mata Figs

The McFoodies team are a network of highly skilled individuals who have enabled New Image Group to manage peaks in work demand; both unpredictable and planned. The partnership with McFoodies is crucial as it provides a high level of technical expertise in a flexible manner as we expand into new markets. McFoodies customer service is exemplary, with turn around times often exceeded.

Craig Cooper New Image Group Ltd

McFoodies has played a key role in the development of our company and all aspects related to food technology. Cathy McArdle has provided a high level of input into clearly defining and understanding our needs as a company. McFoodies has provided food technologists for short term and long term projects. They have been involved in;
  • Overview of new staff appointments to ensure the candidate has the correct skill set.
  • Development of the companies Food Safety Programme.
  • Pre audit compliance assessment.
  • Putting in place manufacturing controls, and label compliance software systems.
Cathy has developed a wide network of key contacts within the food industry reaching from Government level through to key industry players. She is widely respected throughout the food industry in New Zealand.

Tom Reynolds Dunninghams

As a startup company we had a vision and Cathy McArdle of McFoodies assisted us with her expertise to achieve this. Her in-depth knowledge and hands on approach has paved the way for our product. Her welcoming and solution oriented attitude has made things so much easier for us. We are obliged to her for providing solid industry references that has assisted in establishing our brand.

Vibha Soni Spice n Easy NZ

Cathy is, and has been, our ‘food expert’. We hit it off straight away. She’s always been at the end of the phone or email to answer tricky questions and make sure we’re doing everything properly. When you’re new to the food biz (as we are), having a professional at hand, like Cathy is invaluable and she has provided us with such peace of mind. She’s been a sounding board and always has the best advice. We like people who call a spade a spade. Cathy doesn’t mess around. She’s upfront, efficient, smart and super professional. If you need to know anything about the inner workings of food, Cathy’s your gal!

Sarah Frizzell The Lucky Taco Ltd

Cathy has been great, she turned round our nutritional labels in a quick efficient manner and to a high standard. Further she has gone the extra mile to help me through the complete progress even though it has run over the specified time and has stuck to the original price. We are very happy and wouldn’t hesitate to use McFoodies again. Highly recommended for anyone looking for a professional, knowledgeable, speedy service.

Pete Till Taste HQ

I have worked with McFoodies over a number of years and have found all of their technologists to be highly skilled and easy to work with. McFoodies listened and delivered on my requests without agenda or limitations.
They have excellent contacts and links within the extended industry and would always try to assist where ever they were able. Cathy McArdle is particularly knowledgeable and talented and very easy to work with.
In short I happily recommend McFoodies to anyone looking for skill, knowledge and understanding of the food and associated industries.

Diane Sims Sims & Bosh

I have found Cathy McArdle of McFoodies to be very much “on the ball", very responsive and clear and knowledgeable on the difficult questions that are often posed to us. To turn work around Cathy has no problems working the hours to make it happen which has been very much appreciated!I like dealing with Cathy as she is straight up, and coupled with this she is a very nice, approachable person. I would thoroughly recommend her!

John Yarrow The Mighty Bakery

McFoodies provided us with a very professional and fast service, answering all our questions and detailing what we needed to action to enable us to bring our product to market. Highly recommended.

Titch Hay Island Beverages