Acumentia is a network group of science and technology consultancies with strong ties to the food and beverage industry. We are employed in a variety of industrial and research projects and have a broad range of expertise covering regulatory affairs, food safety and hygiene, supply chain initiatives, testing and analysis, food ingredients, new product development with support, manufacturing and process development, business research and marketing, and sustainability.
Acumentia consultants are experienced professionals, many of whom have held senior positions in the food industry. Our main goal as a network is to offer rapid, unique and turnkey solutions to both industry and government on a broad range of issues relating to the food sector. Our core values are exceptional customer service, an innovative approach and close collaborative style with all our customers. Our core strength as an interdisciplinary team has generated new knowledge, insights and understanding for our clients in all our projects.
Key Specific Acumentia and member projects associated with the ALDI tender:
1. (Acumentia) The Vital Ingredient. Assessment for the Royal Society of Chemistry and Institute of Chemical Engineers on implications for the chemical sciences in achieving sustainable food production (2007-8)
2. (Acumentia) EFSA Project -Literature review: Identification and definition of innovative technologies in the areas of food production, ingredients, processing and packaging that may impact EFSA’s work in the medium and long term. (2010-11)
3. (Acumentia) Development of scenarios and technical inputs for an incident management study (Prometheus) commissioned by the Food Standards Agency (FSA) for the development of the Incident Management Plan (2015).
4. (AWSS) TTP: Food supply chain investigation for defense contractor Riskaware Ltd. Output: Literature review covering opportunities/threats to the supply chain with methods of mathematical modelling (2013-2014).
5. (AWSS) Project Leader: Generation of 150 Finished Product Specifications on the Maxinutrition brand for GlaxoSmithKline. Full dossiers on analytical, allergen advice, microbiological risk assessment, nutritional and packaging specifications with numerous European/USA contract manufacturers (2013-2015).
6. (AWSS) Creation of analytical and microbiological specifications, and nutritional claims support as part of a project launch for the business, Insights2Innovate Ltd (co-owner) of cider and made wine products for UK markets, and of instant product mixes for an FMCG business in India (2015-2016)
7. (AWSS) Specific projects on extruded noodle and snack food development with chickpeas and other legumes (FoodWrite Ltd own-brand), scaling up of low-alcohol beverages and cider production. All these particular projects encompass development of specifications and risk assessments, and safe/good manufacturing practices (2018-ongoing).
8. (BM) Risk assessment of 20 food and agricultural products (model top down) covering all contaminants, authenticity, sustainability, supply chain aspects of these products for 10 countries (US, EU, Argentina, Brazil, Canada, China, Indonesia, India, Japan, Australia).
9. (KG) Assessment of the risk of botulism from chilled, vacuum/modified atmosphere packed fresh beef, lamb and pork held at 3°C–8°C. TIFST Oct 2020. [peer-reviewed paper from 2019 Chilled Food Associates project with QIB].
10. (KG) Risk presented to minimally processed chilled foods by psychrotrophic Bacillus cereus. TIFST 5/9/19. [peer-reviewed paper from CFA/Innovate SUSSLE2 project with QIB]
11. (KG) Risk Assessment of Botulism from Chilled, VP/MAP (Vacuum Packed/Modified Atmosphere Packed) Fresh Meat held at 3°C to 8°C. March 2019. Report (with Quadram Institute Bioscience) for Meat & Livestock Australia and BMPA.
12. (JP) A 2-year project to develop and roll-out a Code of Practice on risk-based testing (chemicals, composition and authenticity) for own-label food suppliers to a UK supermarket. Includes segmenting the entire category range by processes and raw materials, over 100 exemplar risk assessments and testing schedules, and giving training and coaching to suppliers (mainly EU and UK) in conducting risk assessments and planning testing schedules (2016-2018).
13. (JP) An ongoing project for the UK Government to assess global tools for horizon-scanning and risk mitigation for food fraud. Including incident and test-result databases, predictive analytics, traceability systems and the complementary roles of supplier approval, audit, testing and whistleblowing. Defra project 25069 (2020-ongoing)
14. (JP) An ongoing project to provide monthly briefing newsletters to a UK food retailer, covering emerging issues in food safety, regulation and fraud risks.
The group can call upon the use of databases for references including Horizonscan, RASFF, FDA Incidents register, EU RL monthly fraud updates, EU legislation (Directives), Operation Opsen reports, GFSI grapevine.