About Sweet Innovation

Knowledge, skills and experience from an expert food consultant

Welcome to Sweet Innovation. We provide a wide range of quality consultancy services to the food manufacturing industry.

Our lifelong passion for food means that we are committed to helping businesses achieve success in this increasingly complicated industry. We provide expertise in a number of areas with a particular focus on our area of specialisation; sugar based products.

Our mission is:

To provide flexible innovative development, process and technical service and expertise to small to medium sized businesses. We support companies which are going through the highly exciting process of developing and growing, but are not yet large enough to employ professional technical specialists.

The successful next step

If you have established an excellent business model and are looking to take the next step and expand your portfolio, we can help:

  • Are you facing increased competition and are at risk of being outperformed or out-priced by your competitors?
  • Need to improve production methods and processes or innovate new products around your existing assets?
  • Have you experienced technical difficulties which are losing you margin and reputation?
  • Need to improve your products and processes and quality management?
  • Require expert training and mentoring for your team?

If you can answer ‘yes’ to either of these questions – Sweet Innovation has the right solutions for your business.

Our background

Sweet Innovation was founded by Thomas Shaw BSc who is a Fellow of the Institute of Food Science & Technology (FIFST).

This is the highest accreditation within the UK’s leading food industry body and is only awarded to professionals with a demonstrable track record of achievement, seniority and peer endorsement.

Thomas offers 44 years’ experience in the food manufacturing industry in senior operational and development roles. He provides experience, expertise, wisdom and working insight across a number of sectors.

This experience means that Sweet Innovation provides unparalleled access to a substantial network of industry contacts, as well as a large technical and research database.

How we can help

We offer a 360 degree capability which is linked to a solid understanding of the commercial realities of a range of sectors within the food industry. Our expert consultancy service is geared towards providing excellence, growth and increased productivity for your business with a one stop shop approach which covers many requirements. We specialise in:

Why work with us?

  • More than 44 years’ experience in the industry
  • A breadth of knowledge across a range of food sectors and experience of different companies
  • Problem solving skills – if you have a problem or crisis we have the skills and solutions to help
  • A hands-on approach
  • Expert mentoring and guidance
  • A practical selection of services available in a one-stop-shop solution
  • Avoid the cost of full time management with bespoke consultancy – wherever and whenever you need it.

If you are looking for a food expert to provide strategic support for your business – get in touch with Sweet Innovation today.


Food is in our blood! We offer experience and expertise in all of the following industry sectors:

  • Ambient sugar confectionery
  • Nut processing
  • High boil sugar confectionery
  • Food printing
  • Chocolate confectionery
  • Beverage syrups
  • Jams and sweet sauces
  • Oil based coatings
  • Ice cream technologies
  • Pickle and acid sauces

Companies we have worked with:

  • Smedley HP Foods
  • Ross Foods Ltd (Ice cream division)
  • Thorntons Plc
  • Pollards Group
  • Guernsey Dell inc
  • Nimbus Foods Ltd
  • Sefcol Ltd
  • Renshaw Scott Ltd
  • Real Food Group

Previous roles within the industry:

  • Group Innovations Manager
  • Group NPD Manager
  • Operations Director
If you need a food consultant - get in touch with us today