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Let us take a scenario where you are sharing your new product idea with your friends. Your friend takes it as a great idea and is sure that there is nothing like that in the market yet. Now, you want to manufacture it but you have not a single idea from where to commence!
You can spend your hours, days, and a whole time studying and gaining the knowledge about setting up a fresh business. You will have to understand the basic concepts of how to set up a kitchen, and the federal, state, and local regulations that you have to follow. Or you can just simply hire a food technologist to help you with all these things and save you enough time.
Food scientists in the UK are in great demand because of the rising ideas in the food industry. Hiring these technologists clears the path to bringing your product to the market. These technologists and scientists have ample knowledge about the ingredients, co-packers, and as well as about modifying formulas that fit the manufacturing parameters. These technologists are also known as food science consultants who also help in food product development.
In this article, we are going to cover some of the key points on how to work with food science consultants before sharing your ideas.
Few Things To Keep In Mind
You cannot just jump straight into the process of hiring a consultant. There are a few things to take into consideration and what are those? Let us discuss.
Find Someone Nearby
You don’t have to start your search operations for consultants when they are available somewhere nearby. Always prefer a consulting firm that is close to your reach. It makes it easy to visit their laboratory, to have face-to-face meetings and group tastings. It is a great way to build a good relationship with the food technologist to have expedited results.
Any independent food science consultant or technologist can easily cost you 300$-400$ per hour to provide their expertise. So while you spend this amount, make sure you choose an expert and experienced food technologist.
Get Enlightened About Their Capabilities
What is a food scientist? Well, they are technical experts but they might not be able to show their marketing skills, write you a business plan and they might not be able to forecast what flavors will boom in the market. You must very well understand what your scientist can do or cannot do.
Ownership And NDAs
Be transparent to your consultant that you want to bring innovation to food products and that you want to own your formulas to have them signed as NDA (Non-Disclosure Agreement).
If you want to save your time and the long-term money as well, hiring a food scientist or technologist can be fruitful for you as they make sure you don’t violate any regulations.