Design and develop fresh produce products

Business Sectors (Suites): Fresh Produce
Developed by: Improve
Approved on: 01 Jan 2018


This standard is about the skills and knowledge needed for you to design and develop fresh produce products. You will need the skills and knowledge to research production techniques and materials. You will need the skills and knowledge to test and evaluate these designs, techniques and materials to establish whether they can satisfy customer need. You will also need the skills and knowledge to work to organisational product specifications and production schedules. This standard is for you if you work in food and drink manufacture and/or supply operations and are involved in production operations.

Performance criteria

You must be able to:

Research designs, techniques and materials

  1. review and understand the customer requirements for design and


  2. formulate and record structured ideas for outline design and


  3. research records and information and identify useful design

    features, production techniques and materials

  4. select designs, techniques and materials for evaluation

    Test and evaluate designs, techniques and materials

  5. apply a range of testing methods to test designs, techniques and


  6. evaluate designs, techniques and materials and record findings

  7. present the results of your evaluation for approval

  8. comply with health, safety, food safety and organisational


    Prepare product specification

  9. identify and collate information and data to inform the product


  10. produce a product specification which meets customer


  11. check that the product specification meets organisational

    requirements including those for health, safety and food safety

  12. present the product specification for approval and storage

Knowledge and Understanding

You need to know and understand:

  1. to what standards of health and safety and food safety you are

    required to work to

    1. why it is important to design products to meet specified food

    safety requirements

    1. the characteristics of fresh produce and the opportunities

    available for product development

    1. the processes being tested and the expected outcome from the


    1. market/customer demands in respect of produce

    2. the methods used to research information for designs, techniques

    and materials

    1. the formulation and recording of design and development ideas

    2. applications and limitations of production techniques and


    1. the tools and equipment required to apply production techniques

    and materials

    1. the application of testing methods

    2. why it is essential that the management of food safety is

    considered as part of product design

    1. how to record research findings

    2. the methods available to test designs, techniques and materials

    3. how to construct and present a product specification

    4. how copyright controls the design and development of products


Scope Performance

Scope Knowledge





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Indicative Review Date

01 Jan 2024





Originating Organisation


Original URN

imppp126s, imppp127k

Relevant Occupations

Engineering and Manufacturing Technologies, Manufacturing Technologies, Plant and Machine Operatives, Process Operatives, Process, Plant and Machine Operatives

SOC Code



Food; Drink; Manufacturing; Fresh produce; Develop; Design