Karine Lawrence of Sirocco Consulting was the best choice we could have made when preparing for our first GFSI audit at Libre Naturals. Karine’s vast knowledge of food manufacturing best practices and auditing code combined with her calm and patient approach brought much needed structure to what can be a very stressful experience. She gave us step by step plans for getting our facility and paperwork ready and was always ready to provide us with suggestions, links to resources and constructive feedback. I wouldn’t hesitate to work with Karine again and would highly recommend her to any food company who requires help with taking their business to the next level.
When we decided to implement the SQF program in our facility we knew we would have to develop a lot of new procedures and forms. We reached out to Karine Lawrence of Sirocco Consulting and with her guidance and templates, we were able to smoothly implement the code. The template package was very complete and easy to follow; each document made reference to the element of the code being covered making it easy to track our progress and if we had any questions Karine was quick to answer and provide examples. We had our desk audit recently and the auditor was happy to see how complete our documentation was, the template package and Karine’s support were key in this accomplishment.
SOFIA COPADO, PRODUCT MANAGER LITTLE CREEK DRESSING
I would like to thank both of you for organizing & presenting this informative valuable training for Food Industry Professionals within the QA Sector. With the SFCR enactment recently, I have gained valuable insight on the expectations of CFIA along with the opportunities & grants that are available from the “Post – Farm Food Safety Program through your presentation.
Also, Ketki’s presentation on compliance with the FSMA-“Foreign Supplier Verification” gave me valuable information on the expectations of the “Importer” from the “supplier” with regards to pertinent documents associated to food products being exported to the US.
Thanks once again for all you support.
DAVE PILLAY, QA MANAGER AT MONTE CRISTO BAKERY
We just had a gap assessment conducted in preparation for our SQF audit. We developed our written program with the help of Sirocco Food and Wine Consulting. These templates are terrific and easy to implement. The SQF consultant who performed the document review was very impressed with the quality of the procedures and record templates. Knowing that our written documents meet the standard, we feel that we are in a good position to pass our SQF audit and obtain our certification.
SKIP DEMASO, QA MANAGER HARVEST VALLEY BAKERY, INC.™
As a worldwide importer, in-house re-packager, and direct supplier of over 200 diverse food and dietary supplement ingredients, we faced significant compliance challenges surrounding FSMA, FSVP, and dietary supplement GMP, on top of customer requirements for GFSI compliance. We interviewed multiple food safety consultants prior to choosing Karine Lawrence at Sirocco, and we couldn’t be happier with our choice— Karine’s FSPCA PCQI Lead Instructor, certified SQF trainer/consultant, auditing and R&D background among other experience was the perfect match for our needs. She took a practical, entity-based approach in helping us design and implement a comprehensive SQF Edition 8 QMS tailored to effectively and efficiently manage our risks and compliance requirements, while keeping the customer service and operational aspects of our business a priority. We were impressed with both the form and function of her modern SOP and document sets, as well as all the detail HACCP, risk assessment and other diligence she performed, including working within our cloud-based document management/FSVP software system. Now we’re receiving “Excellent” audit scores and are delivering better value to our customers than ever. Sirocco was a great choice!
Chris Woodruff, Operations Manager, Ultimate Superfoods
The team at Little Creek Dressing had the pleasure of working with Karine Lawrence of Sirocco Consulting for 16 months. She guided us through the complete process of our HACCP food safety plan, from creation and implementation to audit verification. With a supportive and friendly attitude Karine provided extensive knowledge and information particular to our business and facility. She was instrumental in preparing our facility and team to be audit ready. Not only were we able to successfully complete our audit, most importantly we understand all of the in-depth information within our HACCP plan. Karine made a very important part of our business easy to handle and we couldn’t have completed the audit successfully without her guidance in preparation. I would highly recommend Karine and Sirocco Consulting, we look forward to working with her again.
Karine was integral to taking our company, Okanagan Rawsome, to the next level of food safety with her extensive knowledge of Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point (HACCP). She guided us through a 9 month Food Safety Management Program and adapted the program to our specific needs. With our Food Safety Management Program now in place, we can grow our company with confidence knowing the quality of our Crisps will not be compromised! Thank you Karine for your superb mentorship!
ANNA GORMAN, CO-CREATOR OF RAWSOME CRISPS
When we found out that formal sensory analysis using a trained wine panel was available in the Okanagan, we immediately thought it would be a good idea to run some samples treated with our very distinctive finishing tannins. Once we agreed on job and timing, it went extremely smoothly. The samples were prepared, blind-coded and given to Karine for analysis. The analysis was performed totally blind and the replicates showed good calibration. A few days later, we received a detailed report which was professional and precise. We will use Sirocco’s services again, for sure!
THIERRY LEMAIRE, PRESIDENT, NUANCE WINERY SUPPLIES INC.
As part of her Master’s practicum project, Karine introduced our winery to sensory science. We used descriptive analysis to gain insight on the impact of barrel aging on the aroma and flavour of our blends. The sensory profiles will provide direction for future winemaking decisions.
DAVID W. ENNS, OWNER & WINEMAKER, LAUGHING STOCK VINEYARDS
Karine Lawrence has an amazing command of her field and the practical experience to back it up. She quickly understands the problem and gets to the solution – fast!
MARGARET CLIFF PHD RESEARCH SCIENTIST, SENSORY EVALUATION, AGRICULTURE AND AGRI-FOOD CANADA PACIFIC AGRI-FOOD RESEARCH CENTRE
I recently attended the training session for PCQI (Preventive Controls Qualified Individual) required by the FDA for food exporters and U.S. food processing facilities. Karine Lawrence presented a clear view of the requirements and provided good practical example on how to implement them. She worked her way though the extensive manual in a knowledgeable, effective, clear and timely manner while allowing for participation and discussion of the people attending the course. She followed up and researched questions that she did not have immediate answers to and provided valuable information based on her experience in the area of food safety.
KATHRIN WALLACE, R&D/QC MANAGER, CARMI FLAVORS
I attended the FSPCA Preventive Controls (Human Food)/PCQI course offered in Vancouver, British Columbia. Course materials were good, the mentoring approach was good, and working with other people in group setting made the course content much clearer. Karine Lawrence, the PCQI instructor did a good job of communicating and making it a more intimate arrangement. She provided good references along with the course material. Overall, I really enjoyed the course and learned a lot.
NEDA RAHIMI, SENIOR QUALITY CONTROL MANAGER, SUNRISE POULTRY PROCESSORS LTD.
I got a better understanding of the Food Safety Plan required for FSMA from this [FDA’s Preventive Controls Human Food] training. Karine has skillfully conducted the training as she provided fact-based examples and links to additional resources to help first-timers build an FSP. Karine was a wonderful trainer with her knowledge of the subject matter and extensive experience in food safety.
MARYANN CRUZ, QA MANAGER, PBF PITA BREAD FACTORY LTD. BURNABY, BC.
What I appreciated about the course taught by Karine and Sirocco, was that it was organized and well presented. Each day had hands on situations presented that could be worked out by the teams as well as volumes of information at hand. This allowed good participation and dialogue about situations and these discussions could lead to real time questions that we could ask as well and work through as needed. It was a good few days of intense learning and exchange.
MARK ESCOVEDO – BREWER/QA DIRECTOR
We worked with Sirocco Food & Wine Consulting to get our FSVP. Karine was great to work with. She was very helpful and always got back to us promptly with any questions we had. I would recommend Sirocco to anyone working on getting their FSVP.
DOUG WILLIAMSON – PRESIDENT, SUN-GREEN USA
We contacted Sirocco Consulting after scoring lower than desired on a SQF 8.0 audit. Karine visited our plant and did a gap assessment. We found her efficient and helpful and used her guidance to get our CARs addressed.
Subsequently, we hired Karine to return and train our key personnel on the FSPCA course. Again, we appreciate her knowledge and ability to teach in efficiently. I would recommend Sirocco to anyone needing help building their food safety program.
RICK BELT – GOLDEN ACRES HONEY
I am writing this testimonial to express my gratitude to Karine Lawrence from Sirocco Food + Wine Consulting. We started our SQF implementation using the Sirocco SQF templates last August (2019) and just passed SQF 8.1 stage 1 and 2 audits on October and December. The templates are professionally written and the implementation was very easy. I highly recommend the Sirocco Consulting Templates. Thank you very much Karine
I would like to express my gratitude to my instructor Karine Lawrence, for dedicating her valuable time and energy into the FSPCA (Preventive Controls for Human Food) workshop which I attended in Toronto. The workshop was extremely informative. The teaching method, contents, and the combination of presentations and assignments were in a perfect accordance with the objectives of the workshop, as it addressed all my questions and the ambiguities that I had in my mind before the meeting. I believe that the enthusiasm and positive responses of all participants to the workshop were a reflection of usefulness and credibility of Karine’s performance during the event as well as the importance of the presented topics throughout the workshop.
MARYAM SHARIAT – QUALITY ASSURANCE COORDINATOR, PR INTERNATIONAL
“Thank you” very much for being with us for conducting the “Basic Sensory Science” Training here at Silver Spring Foods on the 27th September 2019.
It was a great pleasure meeting with you and working with you during the course of the workshop and It was indeed a great training session. […]It was great that our teams had the opportunity to screen the basic characteristic of the food products and along with our own range of product samples. We were very delighted the way that you presented the training and conducted the sample screenings during the session. Once again Thanking You for the job well done and for providing Certificates of Accomplishments to our Teams!
RIAZ AHAMADEEN, DIRECTOR OF QUALITY ASSURANCE – SILVER SPRING FOODS, INC.
We were in a situation that required that we get an SQF Certification in a very short period of time. Sirocco Consulting provided us with the templates we needed and talked us through the process. No doubt without them we could not have achieved receiving our certification in the allotted time. Karine was our consultant and she made the process understandable and much less daunting then it would have been otherwise. I highly recommend Sirocco Consulting to any company that needs a third-party audit. It was one of the best investments we made in our trek to become third-party certified. We are counting on significant return on investment having achieved this milestone in our growth. Thanks Sirocco!
TROY MEACHAM, CORPORATE CHEF RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT DIRECTOR, BLENDCO INC.