Food Processing Specialists (FPS) is an internationally recognized food consulting business founded by Andrew Scholz in 2009. In the last several year's FPS has invested to transform its service model to support Australian Food SMEs translate new commercial ideas into retail-ready products:
- In 2019, it relocated to new premises in Greenfields, Northern Adelaide, building its own food product innovation and development laboratory – to produce retail-ready prototype products.
- Created its own innovative proprietary knowledge, ThermTec™, to extend the shelf-life of chilled products (beyond standard 1-2 months) to 6-12 months – giving its SME customers a retail market competitive edge.
- Established Food Manufacturing and Services (FMS) – a HACCP certified facility to contract-manufacture new food products at pilot/small-scale for SMEs to market test and launch them.
- Created the Pristine Foods Brand – a new co-branding initiative with Primary Producers to develop a retail-ready range (soups, dips, RTE meals) of food products from their own meat, seafood, plant protein, and vegetables. It will co-promote Primary Producers as part of the market pitch and give them the opportunity to diversify their business through value-adding with other Producers (where alone they could not succeed).
Since 2019, FPS has worked with 23 Australian food SMEs – to bring their food innovations to market. These SMEs include Mojo Kombucha, Thomas Cappos, Obela Global, Goolwa PiPiCo, KIN Tuna, and Eyre Peninsula Seafoods with food product sales through major retailers (Woolworths, Coles, Costco).