Fresh foods technology specialists Heather Voegt and Keith Coleman launch Foodtech Fresh

Industry specialists Heather Voegt and Keith Coleman have launched Foodtech Fresh

Foodtech Fresh is an expert consulting and training unit in the business of Fresh Food and Food Packaging.

Heather and Keith have a focused spectrum of skills, background and industry experience, a network of associates and specialists, combined with the ethic of partnering with their customers.

Together, Heather and Keith have over 50 years’ experience in fresh foods technology and fresh foods packaging.  They assist their customers to extend the shelf life of new and existing products through

  • Customising of packaging to suit customer process and product
  • Understanding the client’s production chain and refining/optimising it from Field to Fork – or from farm to final customer
  • Facilitating the product development process to ensure successful product range launches – including varietal development
  • Internal audit systems with recommendations and remediation reports

The services that Heather and Keith are offering their customer include

  • Varietal Development Consulting
  • New Product Development Consulting
  • Process Technology Development and Optimisation
  • Food Safety Systems Support
  • Shelf Life Consulting
  • Modified Atmosphere Packaging Consulting
  • Packaging Development and Management
  • Bespoke Verification Systems to support the Brand
  • Training

Heather Voegt is a Fresh Produce Specialist with over 25 years’ experience in the field of Fresh Produce and Fresh Produce Technology.

Heather studied Food Technology at the Cape Peninsula University of Technology.

Her career started with Distell Corporation and then moved to Bromor Foods, where she worked as a couple of years as a Food Technologist.  Heather then went on to join a specialist fresh foods unit for eight years as a Food and Process Technologist.

Heather then spent the next eleven years at a leading retailer as a Food Technologist in the Produce Department dealing with Ready to Eat vegetables, fruit, vegetable and lettuce and leaf prduction.  She honed her skills as a Fresh Produce Specialist, focusing on varietal development and Modified Atmosphere Packaging.

Heather’s extensive knowledge and expertise in the field of Fresh Produce have been gained during her considerable years working in the field.



Keith Coleman has many years of invaluable experience in fresh foods packaging and true industry expertise.

Keith established the first African based specialist Modified Atmosphere Packaging unit in the technology of laser microperforation 1999 – a company that grew to be market leaders in M.A.P. and printed flexible films for produce packaging in South Africa. In 2004 Keith sold his majority share of Knilam Packaging (Pty) Ltd to a listed group and stayed on as MD for the next three years.

Keith then sold out the balance of his shares and spent a few years as a business consultant, business coach and an entrepreneurship investor in the SME sector.

In 2013, Keith began was asked to consult in sustainability in retail packaging, and has spent time in that area, assisting various packaging business in the area of specialist packaging for fresh foods.




With the founding of Foodtech Fresh, this duo can contribute to the new world demand for improved systems and efficiencies in food waste reduction and packaging reductions, through technical and supply chain optimisation from food and packaging technologies available, but calling for an integrated approach

An expectation for food safety and quality, delivered with a commitment to sustainable practices.