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.