Services

 Product Development

TSL has assisted companies in multiple countries to develop new products from concept through to product roll-out, as well as improving existing products. We offer services in:

  • Identification and sourcing of raw materials
  • Preparation and development of prototype formulations.
  • Product concept testing and proofing
  • Development of quality assurance and production procedures for the new and existing products
  • Product optimization to select final prototypes
  • Bench top trials and analyses
  • Technical guidance and support at pre-production trial runs
  • Guidance in designing packaging concepts and sourcing packaging for all products
  • Assessment and guidance in label declarations
  • Final consumer sensory evaluations to determine acceptability of the finished products.

We have, on behalf of our clients, developed in excess of 80 new products in the last three years.
Select here for a partial list of products developed for clients

 

Training

TSL continues to be the leading trainer in the area of food safety, delivering a variety of Food Safety-related training programmes locally, regionally and in Africa. These include training in GAPs, GMPs, HACCP, SOPs, Sanitation & Hygiene and Thermal Processing. TSL also provides customized training on-site for customers. Our clients include companies in the manufacturing, production and export sectors as well as governments, public sector institutions and regional and international organizations. Some of these have included:

  • The Bermudez Group: Jambisco (Jamaica), Wibisco (Barbados) and Bermudez (Trinidad)
  • Ministry of Health, Trinidad; Jamaica
  • SME Food Processors (USAID)-Botswana
  • COLEACP PIP, Belgium
  • UNFAO-Rome, Italy
  • Caribbean Export Development Agency- Antigua, St. Lucia, Barbados, Guyana
  • Tantos Foods C.I. Limited- Cote d’Ivoire
  • Fintrac (USA/USAID) – Haiti
  • Caribbean Agri-business Association-St. Lucia, Trinidad & Jamaica

Partial list of our Training Courses:

  • Preparing Your Business for an FDA Inspection
  • Introduction to Food Safety and Good Manufacturing Practices
  • Effective Food Safety Systems Implementation
  • Implementing Compliant Food Safety, Quality and Traceability and Recall Systems
  • Understanding The Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) 2011
  • Effective Product Development
  • LACF Inspections – The Basic
  • Accessing and Developing Export Markets
  • Internal Auditing
  • Certified HACCP Auditor Programme (GFTC)
  • Good Agricultural Practices
  • Sanitation and Hygiene

Facilities Layout and Design

TSL has done plant layouts and designs for production and processing facilities for companies in Grenada, St. Vincent, Barbados, St. Lucia, Jamaica, Haiti, Suriname, West Africa, among others. In addition, the TSL team has directed the development of many horticultural product exporting operations over the last 10 years. These range from operations for major exporters to those in modest SME distribution and exporting companies. These facilities were designed to be fully GMP, GAP and HACCP certifiable, offering optimal efficiencies and flexibility that allow for multiple products to be handled concurrently.

Designs also optimize staff and equipment utilization, resulting in lower operating overheads. They facilitate full automation or, alternatively, operation in a semi-automated manner, and also feature optimization of the use of space, personnel and product flows, ease of receivals and deliveries, and efficient raw material and finished product handling. Where required, designs have employed environmentally friendly features to minimize any negative environmental impact. All layouts and designs meet all international, regulatory and other certification requirements. TSL also evaluates the designs and layouts of existing facilities and provides recommendations and guidance for meeting international standards.

HACCP and GMP Systems Implementation

TSL is recognized by officials of international regulatory bodies such as the United States Food and Drug Administration as experts in Food Safety and Thermal Processing. TSL is the only company in the region that has implemented HACCP systems that have been approved by the regulatory authorities in the United States and European Union, thereby facilitating exports to these markets. TSL and its Principal have also been approved by the Pesticide Initiative Programme (PIP) and EDES, as well as by the FDA to conduct training on their behalf.

 

Auditing

TSL has provided many detailed assessments against the regulatory requirements of the FDA for exports to the USA, as well as the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) 2011. TSL has also provided technical assistance to several clients in implementing systems, procedures and practices to ensure compliance with the regulation. Our auditors are highly experienced and are certified against several Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI) – compliant standards, including Safe Quality Foods (SQF) and British Retail Consortium (BRC).

We have conducted many pre-certification and certification audits against various standards including HACCP Accreditation from American Institute of Bakers international (AIB) and Guelph Food Technology Centre (GFTC), ISO 9001, the specific requirements of the FDA and/or the EU, GMPs, SSOPs, HACCP, Health, Safety and Production Audits.

Since 1997 TSL has provided auditing services to the Caribbean region and beyond. Customers served include:

Jamaica-Jamaica Biscuit Company Ltd., Double Deuce Ltd., Gray’s Pepper Products, Caribbean Products Company Ltd., Dairy Industries Jamaica Ltd., Lasco Foods Ltd., National Processors Ltd and AML Walkerswood Ltd, to name a few.

  • Barbados:        C & G Star Trading, Jay’s Enterprises Ltd., Wibisco
  • Dominica:       Benjo Seamoss & Agroprocessing Company, Dominica Export Import Agency (Dexia)
  • St. Lucia:         Baron Foods, B & P Traders Ltd.
  • Suriname:       Tappie’s Poultry, Hilly’s Hatchery, Sranan Fowru
  • St. Vincent:     Mountain Top Springs Ltd., Eastern Caribbean Group   of Companies
  • Trinidad:         Best Foods, Emerald Foods, International Cosmetics Ltd.
  • Haiti:                SHAISA

TSL has also conducted several assessments for Yum! Brands International in the Caribbean including Jamaica, Barbados, St. Lucia, Guyana and Puerto Rico.

 

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Lab Services

TSL maintains a state-of-the-art research laboratory which supplies laboratory services to the food, agricultural, food service, and productive sectors in our markets. Below is a partial list of tests that we execute for our clients. A full list of tests available from our laboratory is available here.

Microbiological Anamicrolyses

  • Salmonella Detection
  • Coliform Count
  • Yeast and Mould Count
  • Staphylococcus aureus Count
  • Total Aerobic Plate Count

Chemical Analyseschemical analyses

  • Acidity
  • Nutrient Content
  • Can Seam Evaluation
  • Extraneous Matter

Water and Wastewater Analyses

wastewater

  • Faecal Coliform Count
  • Enterrococci Count