Learn how to produce, manufacture and market healthy food products, from super snacks like bliss balls to meat-free meals. Whether you’re an aspiring entrepreneur or a lifestyle influencer, this exciting online course is ideal for you!
The Certificate of Health Food Production is an online professional development program that will show you how to manufacture and market nutritionally-sound health food products for profit.
In this food product development course, you will explore the process of commercial health food production for business. You’ll learn about diet-related needs (medical, health, lifestyle, religious and cultural considerations), nutritional science, marketing for specialised food products and services and food coaching.
On completion of this course, you will feel confident to take your food product development to market!
Unit - Health food production
Unit 1 – Nature, scope and development of health foods
Introduction to commercial development of food products
Unit 2 – Health food and human nutrition
Introduction to nutrition science
The concept of diet
Human digestion – an overview
The digestive tract
Accessory digestive organs (tongue and teeth, salivary glands, liver, gall bladder and pancreas)
Major food groups
Fats, protein and carbohydrates
Specialised diets & human nutrition deficiencies
Vegetarian and pescatarian
Vegan and ketogenic
Free-from and paleo
Unit 3 – Significance of gluten, sugar and fermented products
Chemistry of gluten
Gluten in the diet
Gluten in food industry
Gluten-free (GF) product development
The chemistry of sugar
Sugar in the body
Sugar-free product development
Sweeteners and sugar alcohols
Chemistry of fermentation
Fermented foods in the diet for human health
Fermented foods product development
Kefir, kimchi, and kombucha
Miso, natto and sauerkraut
Common substitutions and adjustments
Unit 4 – Development of wheat substitute products
Wheat products free-from gluten
Coeliac disease symptoms & treatment
Treatment of coeliac disease
Making gluten free bread and texture
Selecting a gluten-free flours
Common gluten free-flour types
Creating flour blends
Other elements in gluten-free bread
Leavening agents and rising in gluten-free bread
Baking gluten-free bread and muffins
Unit 5 – Development of protein substitute products
Specialised protein products
Protein and why we need it
Essential amino acids
Non- essential amino acids
Conditionally essential amino acids
Why proteins are needed in the body
Recommended protein intake
Legumes as a protein source
The dairy-free market
Dairy free substitutes
How to replace eggs in recipes
Unit 6 – Development of dairy substitute products
Cow’s milk protein (CMP)
Cow’s milk sugar (lactose)
Making non-dairy milk
General plant milk recipe
How to make soy milk
Cheese (focus on flavour and melt)
Soft, creamier non-dairy cheeses
Replicating the cheese-making method
Principles for plant-based yoghurt
Creams and ice-cream
Basic nut cream
Unit 7 – Development of vegetarian and vegan products
Types of vegetarian diets
Nutrition in vegetarian and vegan cooking
Cooking for vegetarians
Fat, flavour and colour
Pumpkin sausages and meatless burgers
Production of burgers
Building flavour into foods
Vegetarian produce suggestions
Bean products – for manufacture
Nuts in health food product development
Types of nuts
Selling food to the vegan and vegetarian market
Unit 8 – Business applications in health food manufacturing
Farmers market insights
Sourcing organic foods
Cross-contamination and labelling
Restaurant and café menus
Business owner occupational health and safety responsibilities
Working with health professionals
Nutritional counsellor or therapist
Unit 9 – Marketing specialised food and associated services
Introduction to marketing
Monitoring and controlling the marketing plan
Branding and strategy
Ultimate goals of marketing
Marketing sends a message
Deciding to buy
Understand the buyer
Types of marketing research
Ways of gathering data
Primary data collections methods
Secondary data collection method
What is needed to conduct effective research
The outcome of market research
Modifications to the marketing plan
Market share analysis (ratios)
Marketing cost analysis
Taking a product to the market
Face to face retail and online stores or mail order
Business to business (B2B)
Estimated duration 50 hours
Course Delivery and Start
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Assessment will be comprised of written exercises, including short-answer questions, reflective tasks, short reports and/or projects. There are no examinations or due dates for assessment. As a result, you can complete training in your own time and at your own pace with the assistance of unlimited tutor support.
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Professional Development for:
People who work in food retail
Home-based or small business owners
Specialised food/crop producers
Human nutrition specialists Café and restaurant owners
Holistic life coaches Speciality kitchens – cooks or chefs