Sirocco Food and Wine Consulting specializes in delivering technical consulting services including Food Safety Management System implementation (Canadian PCP Plans, HACCP, SQF, FSMA Preventive Controls for Human Food) as well as Sensory Testing of food, wine, and other beverages. We focus on science and best practices to provide value to our clients.
Mission + Core Values
Sirocco Food and Wine Consulting believes in continuous improvements to achieve service quality and customer satisfaction. We strive to provide value to our customers through confidentiality, respect, integrity, openness, and commitment.
Karine Lawrence, Founder and Principal Consultant of Sirocco Food + Wine Consulting, has worked for the wine and food industry for over 20 years and brings expertise in Food Safety, Sensory Analysis and Regulatory Compliance. Since the inception of Sirocco Food + Wine Consulting in 2014, she has provided research and consulting services to food and wine industry stakeholders in Canada and the United States. Karine’s specialty is SQF and HACCP certification programs. Her wine research projects have been published in Consumer Science and Strategic Marketing: Case Studies in the Wine Industry (Woodhead Publishing, 2019). Current partnerships include working with the BC Beverage Technology Access Centre. She is a Lead FSPCA instructor (human Food), Certified SQF Trainer & Consultant and Wine Educator at Okanagan College. Karine holds a Master of Food Science degree as well as a diplôme d’ingénieur (specialized in agri-food industries). She is a certified HACCP professional and a BC VQA Wine Assessor/WSET Level 2 Certificate Holder.
Sean Xia is currently working in the seafood industry as an operations manager. With a master’s degree in food science, strong quality assurance skills and 7 years of hands-on experience in the quality assurance and operations field, Sean provides insights into the development and maintenance of food safety management systems with an operational point of view. Sean believes that a successful quality assurance system must be well integrated to the business supply chain and inventory management systems. Combined with the adoption of lean manufacturing principles, a quality/food safety management system should help improve the company’s objectives while meeting regulatory requirements. With years of experience working with the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA), Sean understands the principles of developing and implementing an effective preventive control program. Sean is familiar with HACCP and GFSI certification schemes, as well as Kosher, Organic, Oceanwise and BAP certification requirements.
Felicia Loo is a Certified Food Scientist (CFS) and Certified SQF Consultant. She has worked in quality assurance, regulatory and product management for food and natural health products for the past 6 years. She has experience working with multiple food safety compliances and voluntary certification schemes such as SQF, FSSC 22000, CFIA, Health Canada, Organic, Kosher and Halal. Felicia has graduated from the University of British Columbia with BSc in Food Science with a Minor in Commerce.
With a BSc in Food Science, Sofia Copado has been working in the food industry in Canada since 2013. Her roles have covered new product Research and Development, Quality Assurance and SQF Systems. Over the years, Sofia has implemented food safety and quality control programs for various food processing operations. She has helped businesses achieve and sustain certifications including SQF, HACCP, Organic and Gluten Free. She has a broad experience in Project Management, research, Product Development, Regulatory Compliance and CFIA label reviews including Nutrition Facts tables, special claims, allergen and ingredient declarations. Sofia is fluent in English and Spanish.
An accomplished compliance driven food safety & QA professional with over 16 years of progressive experience which includes development and implementation of robust food safety program, building team, interfacing with industry representatives, executives, and communicating with stakeholders. Recognized for clear, decisive actions credited with improving performance, encouraging intense collaboration among teams, and implementing best practices for QA and food safety for compliance to regulatory and industry standards. Extensively conducted independent food safety audits as a lead auditor throughout Canada & US for compliance assessment for food safety program implementation across wide range of food manufacturing and handling plants.
• BRC GSFS Issue 8
• SQF Code Edition 9.0.
• Gluten Free Certification Program (GFCP)
• CanadaGAP Program
• Gluten Free Certification Program – GFCO.
• Gluten Free Certification Program – AOECS.
• GMP and HACCP Verification Programs.
• FeedAssure Program.
Karine, […] I just wanted to thank you for the work you did on our PCP [plan]. We were audited by CFIA in November and did very well.