John Unrein, Instore, 20/07/17
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.
SEPTEMBER 23, 2014, YORK/LONDON, UK – RedBlack Software today launches Cybake Fi, a new software solution for bakers and other food manufacturers that ensures their compliance with the new Food Information Regulations (FIR).
The new FIR rules (also known under their EU acronym, FIC) start to come into force in December, 2014. To deal with them, Cybake Fi holds ingredient specification data, links it to finished product recipes and transmits the correct FIR-compliant food information to its users’ labels, ePOS tills and websites.
RedBlack is unveiling Cybake Fi (the Fi stands for food information) today at lunch!, the expo for the food-to-go sector at the Business Design Centre, London, which runs from September 23-24.
Jane Tyler, managing director of RedBlack Software, says: “In response to requests from Cybake’s users, we have undertaken 12 months of consultation and development with food industry organisations and experts. The result, Cybake Fi, is the first of its kind and completely removes the headache of FIR compliance.”
Cybake Fi is a cloud-based service delivered via the internet, so it requires no installation. Users can choose between Standard, Retail, Wholesale or Premium versions depending on their operation. Management and staff then access their firm’s food information from any internet-connected device, be it a PC, laptop, tablet or smartphone.
Real-time changes are available across all elements of the system and the instant a recipe is altered, users can be confident that the food information that is being provided to their customers is accurate and up-to-date.
Product recipes, allergen lists, nutritional analysis and ingredient declarations are quick and simple to create and readily available to anyone who needs them. A single point of data input means that there’s minimal chance of human error.
All food information can be referred to and checked by production, kitchen and head-office departments with an extremely easy-to-use, easy-to-understand user interface.
Industry-firsts include a unique allergens library provided by the University of Manchester and Checked/Allergen/Nutritional (CAN) traffic-light-style alerts to ensure the compliance of all finished products.
Jane Tyler says: “FIR has created quite a stir in the market. There is confusion and anxiety about how these changes affect firms and what their ramifications may be. To address these questions, we have added a new food information centre to the Cybake website today which aims to clarify what bakers and other players in the food industry need to know.”
Cybake’s new food information centre can be found at: http://cybake.co.uk/knowledge-centre .
Cybake Fi is the latest addition to York-based RedBlack Software’s Cybake suite of solutions. These include the bakery management solution Cybake itself, shop control system Cybake Touch and Cybake Loyalty, its smartphone-based customer loyalty app launched earlier this year.
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