Food Label Compliance
and Food Labelling Training
for New Zealand

Welcome to McFoodies, home of food labelling requirements from calculation to training. McFoodies is one of the leading consultants in the Aus-NZ region for labelling and is recommended widely in the industry.

Cathy’s reputation speaks for itself. Her knowledge and almost two decades of experience as a consultant is why you should choose to go with the best. Read more from McFoodies customers, only the most recent testimonials are shown.

McFoodies offers:

In addition to her services, McFoodies preferentially uses two software platforms that are raising and standardising labelling and compliance practices within the industry.

Zubi is the online system for sensational labelling calculation (and formatting) that no company should be without. McFoodies will create an account for you to use and upload relevant information for your product allowing you to have control over your data and compliance information. Keep your product data (e.g. NIP) up to date anytime within your own Zubi account.

Zigloa is the new compliance guidance tool, simplifying and streamlining the compliance review process. McFoodies will create an account for you and upload the reports produced for your products into your Zubi account. Leaving you to do an annual review (unless requested otherwise) on your product to ensure continued compliance.

What people say

Navigating the ever-changing regulations for food and supplement labels around the world is complicated! Cathy from McFoodies has been helping us with the FSANZ rules for years now. Before producing any new product labels or packaging, they go to Cathy for regulatory advice and guidance. She is always prompt with her feedback, thorough and has been a pleasure to work with.

Monique Bolland, Nuzest

Very knowledgeable and her approachable nature is fantastic. She’s happy to give information out, outside of when she’s working on a project for us. She’s been really helpful in guiding us thru difficult projects. She’s been very insightful in helping guide us with labelling for products in relation to meeting FSANZ standards. 

Morgan Perry, Limitless Supplements

Very accurate. Cathy is super efficient and very prompt. She helped us with a very unique and difficult issue, and sorted out within 2 days. Having this massive problem sorted quickly was a great relieve for us. 

Gregg Wycherley, Fresco Nutrition Ltd

We have enjoyed working with Cathy. Knowing that she has the knowledge to ensure that we are going to be compliant with our labelling of manufactured and imported goods, has taken a lot of strain off. We just send through a list of products that need checking and she logs into our Zubi account for us and attaches a report showing compliance for us.

Annie Lee, Ottogi

Cathy is really easy to deal with and makes the whole process straightforward. She helped me reduce the ingredient declaration so it made putting it on the label easier and shorter, rather than complicatedly long.

Heath Meek, Almighty Snacks

If you are looking to get your food labels reviewed or the NIPs calculated I highly recommend McFoodies. I emailed Cathy, and she got back to me straight away. We had time constraints with MPI, she made it a priority and got it done super quick at a very reasonable price!

Dene Flude, Pure Amino

McFoodies has played a crucial role in the development of our company and all aspects related to food technology. Cathy McArdle has provided a high level of input into clearly defining and understanding our needs as a company. McFoodies has provided food technologists for short-term and long-term projects. Cathy has developed an extensive network of key contacts within the food industry reaching from Government level through to key industry players. She is widely respected throughout the food industry in New Zealand.

Tom Reynolds, Dunninghams

McFoodies is very reliable and efficient. She knows the ins and outs of the food code intricately. She’s always very quick to respond and follows up on uncertainness with a phone call – the personal touch is fantastic. She’s available anytime, even when getting her hair cut.

Kody Okeby, Brands & Marks

Cathy has been wonderful. She’s efficient, fast and direct. Super helpful and goes the extra mile to make sure customers are taken care of. 

Kate Dunlop, The New Zealand Quinoa Co.

Cathy not only gave us expert advice regarding food labelling but introduced us to Zubi, which has made our lives much easier when it comes to managing labelling information. To a novice back of pack labelling, including the technical nutritional information panel is overwhelming. How do you know you’ve got the info correct? Where do you need to add percentages in the ingredients list? And why are they there in the first place? The team at McFoodies and their smart user-friendly software solution Zubi came to our attention at precisely the right point in a very complex project.

Sasha d’Entremont, Foodstuffs

We have enjoyed working with Cathy; she is super friendly and useful. The fact that she is always available to help with our issues is fantastic. She has always returned our work in a very timely manner, and if there are delays, she always advises. Would recommend her to anyone.

Jaimee Smith, Acorn Group

Cathy has been fantastic to work with. Starting a food company can be very daunting with lots of jargon that we had not heard of before. Cathy made everything very simple to understand and took over our food labelling needs – we would send her a draft in the morning and would have an edited (compliant) version back later that afternoon – all at a very fair price. She did the initial setup of Zubi for us too so we can just go in and edit what we need – very simple to navigate. I would, and have, recommend McFoodies to any food based startup.

Ash Razmi, Bootleg Jerky

As a startup company, we had a vision and Cathy McArdle of McFoodies assisted us with her expertise to achieve this. Her in-depth knowledge and hands-on approach have paved the way for our product. Her welcoming and solution-oriented attitude made things so much easier for us. We are obliged to her for providing solid industry references that have assisted in establishing our brand.

Vibha Soni, Spice n Easy NZ

Working with Cathy has been really good and she’s very helpful. Very fast on responding via multiple channels. Always gives a personal touch (call) if there is something more to discuss. 

Grace van Tilborg, McCallum Industries

We could not be more happy with Cathy’s work. She was fantastic at helping us with our project. We had very high demands on time and Cathy rose to the challenge. 

She took care of compliance checking all our labels produced using the Zubi software, ensuring that there were no glaring errors in our formulation and that we hadn’t missed any points (such as cross-contact). 

Cathy is really easy to deal with and makes the whole process straightforward. She helped me reduce the ingredient declaration so it made putting it on the label easier and shorter, rather than complicatedly long.

Ian Buchanan, Eat My Lunch

As an artisan producer of award-winning fig products, we really appreciate the support and experience of McFoodies in assisting us to ensure that we meet all the regulatory and compliance requirements around new product development. McFoodies are so approachable and easy to work with – they are a real asset to our business.

Helen Walker, Te Mata Figs

Cathy is, and has been, our ‘food expert’. We hit it off straight away. She’s always been at the end of the phone or email to answer tricky questions and make sure we’re doing everything properly. When you’re new to the food biz (as we are), having a professional at hand, like Cathy is invaluable and she has provided us with such peace of mind. She’s been a sounding board and always has the best advice. We like people who call a spade a spade. Cathy doesn’t mess around. She’s upfront, efficient, smart and super professional. If you need to know anything about the inner workings of food, Cathy’s your gal!

Sarah Frizzell, The Lucky Taco

We were put onto McFoodies over 12 months ago, and we haven’t looked back. Before this, I felt like throwing my laptop out the window at least a hundred times. It was impossible to get on with the FSANZ website, and I just couldn’t get my head around the jargon. Now it’s so easy, I just send all the data to Cathy McArdle, who puts it all into Zubi. A day or two later, all our labels are done. Everything is taken care of and with the “compliance combo,” it’s one fixed cost per product. It’s taken the pressure off of us. Recommend it, highly recommend it. It’s a gem!

Rob Beard, Wild Game Salamis


Cathy McArdle

Call: 021 948 008