2020 Food Manufacturing Workshops & Events 

Food Manufacturing News – Looking Ahead to 2020

Food Manufacturing Services Flyer

Food Manufacturing Services

“Above, Food Manufacturing Specialists, Catherine Cantley (R) and Janna Hamlett (L) of TechHelp and the University of Idaho stand ready to assist with a wide range of your processing needs.

  • Need help creating a shelf life program?
  • Could you use a small consumer test to determine which are the “critical to quality” attributes of your product portfolio?
  • Could you use a little assistance in creating online training modules or setting up a “train the trainer” culture in your facility?
  • Do you have an operation that you’d like to increase your throughput or yield on?
  • Is it time to bolster your food safety program?

TechHelp’s Idaho-based Food Manufacturing Team, led by Catherine Cantley and Janna Hamlett includes university faculty, agricultural extension resources, and internationally recognized contracted partners. Together we bring a broad range of services to the food industry through site visits, needs assessments, on-site project work, on-site training, and public courses. TechHelp offers a wide range of services that can help you grow revenues, improve productivity & performance, and strengthen your global competitiveness. Contact TechHelp today to schedule a free assessment.

Regulators, retailers, and industrial customers require food and dairy processors to adhere to stringent rules or global food safety standards that protect consumers. TechHelp offers a full suite of services and courses that help processors learn about, get certified in, and implement modern food safety standards that improve products, processes, and competitiveness. In 2018, TechHelp joined its sister MEP Centers in Washington and Montana to create a tri-state food safety partnership focused on sharing knowledge and resources. The multi-state initiative is led by Food Safety Project Manager, Jolene Cram, who is based with TechHelp at Boise State University. 

Why Do Companies Work with TechHelp?

Expertise

Our team of manufacturing specialists has 175 combined years of hands-on manufacturing experience and 100+ combined years of advanced training in manufacturing disciplines.

Proximity

Working from university-based offices in Boise, Pocatello, Twin Falls, and Post Falls, our specialists are your neighbors.  We were here yesterday, and we’ll be here tomorrow.

Value

Companies save money by hiring our specialists as needed and discover that the benefits of our services quickly outweigh the costs.

Connections

  • Idaho Connections – We have connections with many Idaho resources.
  • University Connections – TechHelp is a partnership of Idaho’s three state universities and provides services statewide.
  • National Connections – TechHelp is the Idaho affiliate of the NIST Manufacturing Extension Partnership national network.

Our Process:

  1. Our work begins with a visit to learn about and assess your operations.
  2. We follow up with recommendations for high-value improvements.
  3. We develop a scope of work that includes a timeline, budget, and deliverables customized to your unique needs.
  4. We meet regularly with your leadership team to advance the project and make adjustments as needed.
  5. As your local trusted advisors, we are available for ongoing assistance, coaching, and improvement support.

Our Results Include:

  • Excellent audit scores
  • Increased sales
  • Improved quality and product safety
  • Employee retention
  • Revenue growth
  • Regulatory compliance – FSMA Rules

For Information Contact:

Catherine Cantley at 208-426-2181 or catherinecantley@techhelp.org or Janna Hamlett at 208-731-9363 or jannahamlett@techhelp.org

Click here to request a complimentary visit or assessment.   

Our Services & Training:

We work with you to identify improvement opportunities and work with your team to implement solutions within your organization.  Our public and private workshops are designed to teach you how to lead improvements that drive positive Return On Investment (ROI).

TRAINING
  • Computer Driven, Learning Management System
  • Training within Industry
  • Management and Facilitation Skills
  • Sensory Program Set-Up
  • Experimental Design and Statistics
  • Six Sigma Green Belt
  • Job Aids and SOP creation

For Information Contact:

Catherine Cantley at 208-426-2181 or catherinecantley@techhelp.org or Janna Hamlett at 208-731-9363 or jannahamlett@techhelp.org.

PRODUCT & PROCESS DEVELOPMENT
  • Commissioning Equipment and processing lines
  • Scale-up Assistance, Benchtop – Pilot Plant – Factory
  • Shelf Life, Setting and Extending
  • Ingredient Sourcing
  • Market Research, Sensory and Consumer Science
  • New Product Development
  • Setting Specifications
  • Quality Improvements

For Information Contact:

Catherine Cantley at 208-426-2181 or catherinecantley@techhelp.org or Janna Hamlett at 208-731-9363 or jannahamlett@techhelp.org.

FOOD SAFETY MODERNIZATION ACT

Food & Dairy Safety Flyer

The FDA published its Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) regulations in September of 2015 that requires the completion of specialized training for processors of human food and animal feed/pet food. TechHelp and our regional partners are offering training sessions and technical assistance in support of FSMA.

For Information Contact:

Catherine Cantley at 208-426-2181 or catherinecantley@techhelp.org or Janna Hamlett at 208-731-9363 or jannahamlett@techhelp.org.

FOOD SAFETY PROGRAMS AND ASSISTANCE

Food & Dairy Safety Flyer

Listed below are the Training and Technical Assistance services offered by TechHelp.

  • Assessment of Client Readiness for Food Safety and HACCP Audits
  • Client Preparation for Third-Party Food Safety and HACCP Audits (e.g. AIB, NFPA Safe-Audit, and NSF-Cook & Thurber)
  • Client Preparation for Customer Food Safety and HACCP Audits (e.g. Campbell, HEB, Sysco, Costco, Burger-King, and Darden)
  • Write Prerequisite Food Safety Programs
  • Develop HACCP Plans and Implementation
  • Pest Control and Sanitation Program Set-Up
  • Microbiological Monitoring Programs
  • Required Quality Assurance Programs
  • Form Development (Quality Control, Food Safety, and HACCP)
  • Client Support during and after Audit

Food Safety Prerequisite Programs

  • Assessment of Facility Needs for Food Safety Program Implementation
  • Preparation for Third-Party Inspections
  • Hands-on Assistance with Prerequisite Programs (e.g. GMP’s, Sanitation, Pest Control, Chemical Control, Preventive Maintenance, Glass and Brittle Plastics Control, Recall, Calibration and Allergen Control)
  • Written Policies, Guidelines, and Standard Operating Practices
  • Monitoring Forms for Program  Documentation (e.g. The Sanitation Master Cleaning Schedule)
  • Food Defense Program
  • Pest Control and Sanitation Program Set-Up
  • Preventive Maintenance Programs
  • Training of Employees and Management
  • Food Safety Self-Inspection Programs
  • Microbiological Monitoring Program for Product, Equipment, and Environment

HACCP Systems

  • Hazard Analysis & Critical Control Points (HACCP) Plan and Manual Development
  • Operator and Supervisor CCP Training
  • Form Development for Prerequisite Management
  • Monitoring, Deviations and Corrective Action, Calibration, and Verification
  • HACCP Team Facilitation
  • Assistance in Customer Requirements
  • Written Procedures
  • System Validation and Micro Testing Scientific Hazard and Control
  • Data Support
  • HACCP Audits

HACCP Training

  • Practical HACCP Workshop:
    • Food Safety and HACCP Overview
    • Prerequisite Programs
    • Biological, Chemical and Physical Hazards
    • Preliminary Tasks and HACCP Principles
    • Building the HACCP Plan
    • Developing People Systems
    • Implementing HACCP
    • Seafood HACCP Regulatory Requirements
    • USDA Requirements
  • Advanced HACCP Workshop
    • The Science of Food Hazards: An Update
    • In-depth Hazard Analysis
    • Advanced Concepts in Verification
    • Validation Technology
    • Management Strategies for the HACCP System
  • HACCP Overview Employee Training
  • Operator/Supervisor Monitoring and Verification Training
  • On-site Food Safety and HACCP Workshops
  • “Germ City” handwashing program

Catherine Cantley at 208-426-2181 or catherinecantley@techhelp.org or Janna Hamlett at 208-731-9363 or jannahamlett@techhelp.org or click here to request a complimentary visit or assessment.