Produco are food safety consultants, providing a range of advice covering your regulatory, compliance, RMP development and HACCP requirements.
We integrate with your business to develop and implement all regulatory requirements, ensuring you are compliant with industry standards. We deliver compliance through our ability to interpret complex regulations, remaining up to date with the latest standards, being experienced process and procedural developers and skilled at the development, implementation and training stages for you and your teams.
This includes working with you to develop, review and implement Risk Management Plans (RMP), Food Control Plans (FCP), National Programmes (NP), provide Product Traceability advice and reviews as well as creating sustainable quality assurance solutions that are tailored to your business.
I founded Produco in 2016, as I saw the need for food safety leadership and regulatory guidance in the Dairy and Food industries.
I gained extensive experience across New Zealands regulatory environment including New Zealand Standards Development, Regulatory Interpretation, Market Access and Official Assurance Specification Implementation through my previous roles working for New Zealands leading dairy companies.
Raised on a dairy farm which ran sheep and beef, gave me a good grounding of on-farm practices. I studied Science at University and was lucky enough to work at MilkTest NZ and then landed my first role at Tatua Dairy Company in the Microbiology and Functional foods laboratory. This was quickly followed by time in the Chemistry laboratory, which would prepare me well for future roles in all aspects of Quality and Regulatory Compliance from cow to customer for Dairy/Food and FMCG.
I’m passionate about developing great teams and giving people opportunities to grow and expand their careers.
I also relish the challenge of creating quality solutions to ensure compliance while adding value and implementing opportunities to continually improve.
An engaging senior leader, with many years in the Dairy industry, working for NZ’s largest dairy company in Food Safety & Quality roles. Liz has successfully led and managed regional quality teams across multiple manufacturing sites for many years. Her specialties lie in Infant Formula and Nutrition as well as Regulatory, Laboratory Management and Sensory Evaluation.
Liz has a natural style and warmth, allowing her to quickly build rapport with any team; from diverse nationalities, senior executives to operators and vendors. She builds capable, engaged individuals and teams of people with a strong focus on food safety culture.
She’s passionate about working with and understanding her clients to create the best possible outcomes.
Liz represented her previous company many times during Customer, Regulatory and Internal Audits and has hosted international organisations. She is comfortable managing multiple projects across multiple sites with her major achievements including:
March 2020 kicked off a new direction for Produco as we opened our new Australian division.
Based in Melbourne, National QA Manager, Adam brings a wealth of experience to the role. He’s been in the food industry since 1991 and has over 20 years in the Dairy industry.
Adam’s career began with Nestle, Australia in frozen food, then to the brand new Darnum Park spray drying plant in Victoria, where he worked for 17 years under Bonlac and Fonterra.
His skillset included in-depth operating of the Spray Dryer, Evaporators, Separators, Packing Machines, Logistics and Boilers. He transitioned roles into the Food Safety / Quality space, initially overseeing Raw Materials, HACCP and Verifications.
A move to New Zealand at Oceania Dairy as Process Manager then led to the Quality Manager role with Danone, before becoming the NZ Supplier Quality Manager. His roles have interfaced with Customers, Suppliers and a wide range of staff including senior managers, technical teams and operators. An excellent communicator, he quickly builds trust and establishes a rapport with those around him.
Adam’s interests include collecting and cellaring wine, travelling and staying fit and healthy.
You may be interested to learn Adam was Mayor of the Baw Baw Shire in Victoria, Australia in 2010 while serving as a local government Councillor for 7 years.
Based in Auckland, I have been involved in the Food Industry all my working life.
Initially I began with Dairy FMCG, at the now Fonterra site in Takanini. Here, we manufactured iconic brands across a range of products and processes; Fresh and UHT milks, Yoghurt and other Cultured products. We also produced Dairy foods, custards and Fruit drinks and juices.
Working with ‘living’ products triggered my love of microbiology. My responsibilities during this time included Quality Assurance, Quality Systems and Laboratory Management.
I then moved into other food industries holding Quality Management positions and working with a variety of standards and programmes including:
I enjoy writing and reviewing HACCP plans, drafting procedures and systems, staff training and undertaking audits, including gap audits against new standards and encouraging continuous improvement projects.
Due to my diverse background, I can quickly get up to speed and contribute to the company I am assisting. I enjoy being able to play a part in our client achieving their quality and food safety goals.
Helen has a strong Laboratory background, having worked for AsureQuality and Massey University in laboratory supervisory roles. Following that, Helen moved to a Quality Assurance role at The Foodbowl in Auckland for several years.
She provides a very hands-on, practical approach when performing pre-start checks, internal and external audits, water sampling and pathogen swabbing activities. A strong coach, Helen takes people on a learning journey weaving past experience and situations.
Holder of a Masters degree in Science, majoring in Chemistry (University of Otago).
“I am excited to be part of Produco. My role incorporates the experiences, skills, relationships, knowledge and practical how-to expertise from my time in the NZ food industry, as well as refreshed perspectives and attitudes gained from my part-time adventures as a Conservation Ranger in the Fiordland National Park.
I have also found that I am able to match my personal philosophies and values to the work I am asked to do, which brings joy and fun”.
The framework of my food industry skillset is built upon;
Jane is our Food Technology architect, holding a Food Science and Human Nutrition degree from the University of Otago. She’s worked with top NZ food companies including Cerebos Greggs, Delmaine, LHF, NZDF and Epicurean Dairy Company to name a few.
‘What I love is the challenge of NPD. New Product Development. Inventing a new food product, a new flavour variant, a more cost effective product. I’ve developed hundreds of new food products’ across:
‘I love being part of the Produco team and relish the opportunity to work with customers to solve their NPD / Technical problems’.
Jane also holds a Dip. Business Administration and delivers a skillset that encompasses:
‘I am a passionate and creative foodie. This, teamed with my strong business acumen and love of solving problems means I can efficiently deliver the perfect NPD solution for you and your team’.
Emily’s Quality Assurance | Quality Control | Research career began with a leading GMP pharmaceutical company. Various awards and internal promotions enabled her to gain an in-depth understanding of the life cycle of products from production to delivery.
She’s had extensive exposure among research environments, working to deliver results alongside teams with multiple cultural ethnicities.
Emily is fluent in both Mandarin and English languages. This, coupled with a clear communication style and precise quality assurance skills opened up opportunities to advance her skillset in:
Emily holds a Bachelor of Science in Pharmacology, as well as a Masters of Science majoring in Chemistry (with Distinction) from the University of Otago.