Quick Version (3 minutes)
So you’ve come upon a problem in your business that calls for expert help.
Remember: Not all food consultants are created equal
There are a lot of very smart and talented food consultants specializing in various elements of the food and beverage industry.
But when it comes to solving problems they’ve never seen before—even the brightest, most creative food consultants likely don’t have the training or experience to design an effective experiment to figure out exactly why your edible baked good is showing sugar bloom, or set up precise formulation trials to find the best possible recipe for your next CBD gummy release.
What should you consider when hiring a food science consultant?
There are a few things to think about, before reaching out about food science consultation.
Size/Stage of your business
There’s no hard and fast rule, but we generally work with operational companies or startups who already have dedicated budgets for R&D and want to get moving asap.
We may not be the right choice for throwing ideas at the wall and seeing what sticks. Though for a fee we can help you run a formal ideation process to figure out what the best product to start with might be.
For self-funded people hoping to get started with a somewhat smaller budget, let’s talk once you’ve done some preliminary research, have a specific product in mind, and have created a viable business plan with a solid source of R&D funding to get started.
Type of project
Keep in mind that not every project needs the specialization that a food science consultant brings. For example, non-science-based food consultants can help with:
- Co-packing (contract packager/manufacturer) searches
- Sales & marketing
But when it comes to the following, we are just what the doctor ordered:
- Edible product formulation
- Technical problem solving
- Facility setup and scaling
- Optimizing for multiple objectives
- Shelf-life or other food-quality advising
Just remember, as with anything, with food science, you get what you pay for.
High-level specialists always cost a little more—because the returns are much greater.
“I get it, food science is valuable, and I need to budget for it. But what should that budget look like?”
Every project is different, of course, in terms of time, materials, and expenses like lab fees.
If you’re in a rush, hoping for a silver-bullet solution done cheap, quick, and dirty—then we’re simply not the right choice for the job.
But if you’re on a mission to bore into the very building blocks of whatever obstacle you’re facing—and rearrange it into a stairway to lasting success, tell us here, and we’ll work on a proposal that will take your specific budget and needs fully into consideration, to find a plan with which everyone will be happy.