Marks & Spencer to trial CyBake ordering software across five in-store bakeries

OCTOBER 14, 2015. YORK, UK. Marks and Spencer (M&S) is trialling CyBake sales-based ordering software in a selection of its in-store bakeries.

The CyBake range of bakery management solutions comes from York-based developer RedBlack Software. RedBlack has served British and Irish bakers for 17 years. Around 90 retail and wholesale bakeries use CyBake to control their processes and manage production.

In line with M&S Plan A commitments, being able to more accurately predict demand will help reduce products going to waste, while ensuring product freshness is maintained by baking in a timely manner.

Jane Tyler (pictured), managing director of RedBlack says: “We are delighted to be working with M&S, one of Britain’s best-loved brands. I am really pleased that we can put our experience with automated sales-based ordering to the test at an enterprise level.”

Lance Bennett, senior IT project manager at Marks and Spencer, says: “For this trial, we wanted to work with a specialist bakery sector provider. The proposal by the CyBake team fitted the bill perfectly. I have been impressed with their agility when it comes to development and their rapid responsiveness to our suggestions.”

Jane Tyler - Red Black Software, York.

RedBlack and toolbox team up after creating CyBake/dispotool software interface

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York-based RedBlack Software has formed a technology alliance with German firm toolbox Software.

Both companies are market-leaders in the bakery industry. RedBlack is the creator of the CyBake bakery management software solution used by wholesale and retail bakeries across the UK and Ireland. Toolbox, which is headquartered in Eschweiler, Aachen, provides the dispotool automated order-picking, distribution and warehouse control system to bakeries around the world.

The two companies formed their relationship after creating an interface between their solutions for major Scottish baker Bayne’s, which is headquartered in Lochore, Fife, and operates 50 shops.

The new interface means that when orders are entered into CyBake, they are passed on automatically to dispotool. Distpotool then calculates where products will come from, where they need to be delivered and whether to prioritise certain customers in the event of limited stock.

Distpotool fulfills customer orders and then CyBake automatically issues an invoice from this data. Little oversight is needed at head-office while data re-entry and human error are eliminated. Costs are reduced, the quality of order fulfillment is improved and space in the warehouse/dispatch area is used more efficiently.

Having completed a successful trial at Bayne’s, RedBlack and toolbox are now offering the CyBake/dispotool interface to all British and Irish bakers that use both systems.

Toolbox’s International Sales Manager, Niklaas Wolters, says that judging from its first few British customers, his company can see big demand for a bakery-specific dispatch solution in the UK.

Wolters says: “After developing the interface at our first joint customer, Bayne’s, and the excellent collaboration between CyBake and toolbox, this was a logical step for us. As the world market-leader in picking systems and with CyBake as the UK market-leader in bakery ERP, it makes sense to solidify our partnership and to work together in the future.”

As part of their new partnership, CyBake specialists including RedBlack Software director Martin Coyle joined the toolbox team on their stand at the recent IBA in Munich. In addition, CyBake and toolbox will exhibit together at the Craft Bakers & Butchers Extravaganza on October 11 at the Yorkshire Show Ground, Harrogate.

RedBlack director Martin Coyle says: “Toolbox has a fantastic system that encapsulates all of the quality and efficiency you might expect from German designers. I am really looking forward to supporting toolbox as they introduce their system to craft bakers in the UK.”

The CyBake/dispotool interface is available now from both RedBlack Software and toolbox Software.

RedBlack Software rebrands FIR solution as Infood to deliver failsafe compliance across all UK food sectors

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MAY 8, 2015, YORK, ENGLAND. RedBlack Software has rebranded its FIR-compliance solution as Infood™.

The York-based firm has also created a new sales channel to distribute Infood to food operators throughout the UK.

RedBlack Software originally launched the food information compliance system as CyBake Fi in September, 2014, as part of its popular CyBake range of bakery management solutions.

In response to requests from CyBake users, RedBlack had spent over 12 months of development and consultation with food industry organisations and experts in order to create the solution before the December, 2014, FIR deadline. Over 30 bakeries now use it.

As other types of food operators were keen to adopt the system and RedBlack had made enhancements that took it beyond its original scope, a new identity – Infood – was born. Now, restaurants, delis, take-aways, food service providers and wholesalers can all take advantage of Infood to achieve failsafe FIR compliance.

Infood provides customers with accurate, compliant allergen and nutritional information on labels, EpoS tills, till receipts, websites and product specification documents. The application integrates with food operators’ production and invoicing systems to remove countless days of data entry.

With Infood, the job of a technical or QA manager is made much easier. A relatively simple change to a recipe may affect very many individual product lines. Using spreadsheets or traditional nutritional calculation systems to reflect such a change is a job that can days. With Infood, all calculations, QUIDS, allergy info and other data needed to meet both FIR and wholesale customer specifications is automatically generated in minutes.

Infood software is cloud-based, so no specialised hardware or installation is necessary. It is easy to use and includes time-saving ingredient libraries for rapid recipe calculation. Automatic allergen alerts are built into recipe creation. Staff can connect to Infood via a browser on any web-enabled device – PC, EPoS till, mobile, tablet – at any time.

Infood is available in four packages – Infood Allergen Tracker, Infood Retail, Infood Wholesale and Infood Premium – so users only pay for what they need. All packages are available as a 30 day free trial.

New Infood distributors include The Food Safety System, Hertfordshire, Scottish Packaging Solutions, Aberdeenshire, Gaining Food Training, Newcastle upon Tyne, and Abbey Labels and Packaging, Belfast.

Jane Tyler, managing director of RedBlack Software, says: “Infood is our fastest selling product right now. Its new name reflects the demand that we are seeing across all food sectors.

“A year and a half ago we were given the opportunity to create a solution to a new challenge from the ground up. With the help of our customers, we believe that we have created the only solution that can totally take the headache out of not just FIR compliance but food product specification in general.”

RedBlack gave food operators a sneak-peak of the new-look Infood with a stand at the Farm Shop and Deli Show at the NEC, Birmingham, three weeks ago.

Martin Coyle, sales director of RedBlack, says: “Response was strong from firms of all kinds. Food companies are very engaged with food safety and compliance issues right now. And if they find that tackling FIR properly gives them better control over their operations, then their interest grows.”

Infood was officially launched as a new brand today, May 8, at the 2015 Scottish Bakers Conference and Awards event at the Crowne Plaza Glasgow Hotel, which runs until tomorrow.

RedBlack has launched a new website for Infood  which includes a comprehensive guide to the new food information regulations ( https://infoodsystems.co.uk/#/faq)

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RedBlack Software sales director Martin Coyle gives visitors to the recent Farm Shop and Deli show at the NEC a sneak peek of the new-look Infood.

 

RedBlack Software’s Jane Tyler joins British Society of Bakers’ executive committee

RedBlack Software managing director Jane Tyler pictured at the BSB’s annual conference in Warwick in October, 2014.
RedBlack Software managing director Jane Tyler pictured at the BSB’s annual conference in Warwick in October, 2014.

 JANUARY 21, 2015, YORK, ENGLAND — RedBlack Software managing director Jane Tyler has joined the executive committee of the British Society of Baking (BSB).

RedBlack Software is the creator of the CyBake range of software solutions for retail and wholesale bakeries. Jane Tyler is the first person from the I.T. industry to be invited to the association’s top ranks.

Founded in 1955, the BSB has always been known as the most technical bakery body in the UK. It started off as the British chapter of the American Society of Bakery Engineers (nowadays the American Society of Baking). Members come from all areas of the baking industry and its associated suppliers including millers, research associations and education establishments.

I am delighted that Jane has accepted the appointment on the BSB’s executive committee.BSB chairman Mike Bagshaw

Jane Tyler was asked to join after presenting a seminar at the BSB’s Autumn Conference in Warwick in October, 2014. During this session, she debunked a few myths about computer technology, explained how it can widen margins and looked at the implications of the new FIR rules.

BSB chairman Mike Bagshaw says: “I am delighted that Jane has accepted the appointment on the BSB’s executive committee. Jane’s creativity and enthusiasm will be a real benefit to our society. Her appointment fits both our technical traditions and today’s internet age perfectly.”

Jane Tyler says: “I was proud to be asked to join such a respected institution. Although bakery is seen as a very traditional industry, the actual fact is that many of the country’s big pan-generational bakeries were very early adopters of computer technology. I myself have been designing solutions for bakers for twenty years and as I.T. plays such an integral role in the industry, I hope I can make a strong contribution.”

It’s a big year for the Bicester, Oxfordshire-headquartered BSB as it gears up for its diamond anniversary. As well as celebrating its 60th birthday at its main two-day conference in October (at which, it is hinted, there may be some very special guests), it will hold its 25th annual golf day, a key social event in the industry, on June 9.