Practical Solutions International

About PSI

Practical Solutions International offers practical help in Ethical, Sustainability and Safety.

Practical Solutions International is a dynamic consultancy. We can provide a unique mix of technical and new product development skills through flexible work solutions.

Our goal is to excel in all we do.

Ian Finlayson (based in the UK) -

Professional Experience

Ian spent 16 years with Sainsbury's in various food and non-food technical management positions, latterly managing technical and product development of the grocery and snacking areas, accounting for over £2b of sales, 10,000 products, and involving relationship management of 450 suppliers.

Ian has worked as technical director of several food companies working across multiple sites. He has extensive experience of managing serious product incidents. He is a member of the Fairtrade Standards Committee, a member of the DEFRA Pesticide Residues in Food Committee and was involved in the inception and launch of Assured Produce and Global GAP.

Sector Specific Expertise

Ambient Canned and Dry Grocery (including rice, pasta, herbs etc); Confectionery; Crisps and Snacks; Soft Drinks; Cut Flowers; Garden Centre Plants; Prepared Produce; Salads; Vegetables; Fruit.

Key Skills

Food Safety and Quality Assurance; HACCP; Pesticides and Residue Analysis; Fairtrade and Ethical Trade; BRC and IFS assessments; Mentoring and Coaching.


Lead Assessor; BASIS; Advanced HACCP & Food Safety level 4; Campden Canning Course; SA8000 Ethical Auditing course, Cranfield Non-Executive Directors Course.

Product Expertise

  • Fresh & Prepared Produce
  • Flowers and Pot Plants
  • Chocolate & Confectionery
  • Soft Drinks
  • Tea, Coffee and Hot Chocolate
  • Snacks and Crisps
  • Canned and dry grocery
  • Chilled Ready Meals
  • Dairy Products