Q&A Profile: Eamonn Quinn Chairman, Kelsius.

Kelsius are Ireland’s only manufacturer of Temperature Monitoring and Digital HACCP systems. They provide automated solutions to food industries with their FoodCheck2.0 system that removes the need for pen and paper temperature checks across Food Retail, Catering, Hotels & Restaurants, QSR and many more. Having recently won sustainability themed award ‘Best Food Service Product – Back of House’ at the 2021 IFSA’s, they have also become Guaranteed Irish approved.

To discuss their recent success, we spoke with Chairman Eamonn Quinn.

Who are Kelsius and what is your role in the food industry?

Kelsius is an Irish owned company that automates food safety for retailers. We enable food businesses to support a food safety culture through technology, meaning retail staff can spend more time with customers and less time on administration. We are a member of the Guaranteed Irish network and are Ireland’s only manufacturer of Digital HACCP and Temperature Monitoring systems. Our HACCP compliant, food safety system FoodCheck 2.0 eliminates all paper from food businesses and automatically monitors all fridges and freezers removing the risk of human error.

Kelsius can design a system to replicate your current paper system, ensuring compliance and saving you time and money.

What are some of the main challenges your customers in the industry face today?

Our clients encounter many challenges including the requirement of excessive paper records, maintaining accurate records for food safety audits and compliance with complex food safety regulations. We find that valuable time can be taken up with paperwork & the manual recording of temperatures in freezers and fridges. There is also the chance of stock loss due to freezer/ fridge failure or the loss of key staff can lead to non-compliance with food safety regulations.

In relation to the above challenges, what solutions do Kelsius offer?

FoodCheck 2.0 is a tamperproof HACCP system. FoodCheck 2.0 saves time and costs by using wireless temperature sensors and a web based HACCP system that prompts staff to record the daily food checks from probing cooked foods to regular hand washing. Our system ensures your business is in compliance when used properly.  All paper is removed and replaced with a digital food safety management system. FoodCheck 2.0 automatically records temperatures in all freezers and fridges. The system provides weekly audit and exception reports and ensures audit records are easily accessible. Staff are alerted by text and email if a storage units go outside of normal temperature range avoiding risk of stock loss. And of course, it’s fully traceable through digital signatures and time and date stamps.

What are the benefits that this technology brings to these businesses? 

Managers have full visibility on food safety performance. Reporting allows for daily or weekly reports to be generated to ensure the business is HACCP compliant. In addition, it reduces labour and therefore overall business costs while providing an alert system that can save expensive stock losses.

The main benefits FoodCheck 2.0 brings to businesses in the food industry are: compliance, quality, control, and cost savings. Moving to an automated HACCP system and removing paper greatly reduces paper waste levels.

Who are the major users of the FoodCheck 2.0 technology?

Kelsius are Digital Food Safety partners with some of Ireland’s leading and most recognisable brands including: Supervalu, Centra, Daybreak, Spar, Londis, Eurospar, XL, Mace, Applegreen, Costcutter and Gala.

Has Kelsius won any awards for its technology? If so, what were the awards and when did you win them?

 The FoodCheck 2.0 system has recently won ‘Best Foodservice product – Back of House’ at the 2021 Irelands Foodservice Supplier Awards. The theme of the awards was ‘sustainability’ which linked directly to our waste free solution.

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