Belfast Telegraph

Tech firm wins funding to dish up new food safety device

By Clare Weir

A technology firm with bases in Belfast and Donegal has secured €1m (£804,000) funding for a new food safety product.

Kelsius has been funded by Quinn (formerly Superquinn) Family investing alongside existing investors Enterprise Equity Northern Ireland and the Western Development Commission.

Kelsius supplies products to the pharmaceutical, food services and the healthcare sectors.

FoodCheck combines wireless sensor technology for food temperature monitoring and recording with a tablet PC-based application which can also manage and record hygiene related tasks.

The product is undergoing trials with a number of major UK and Irish food services and retail companies at present.

Kelsius chief executive Ultan O'Raghallaigh said that receiving the endorsement of the Quinn family, with their great track record over many years in the food industry, is as important for Kelsius as the financial investment.

"FoodCheck has gained significant traction in the market since its launch in April of this year and is being evaluated and trialled by a number of international food services organisations." he said.

Eamonn Quinn, former deputy chairman at Superquinn, has joined the board as non-executive chairman.

"Management of food safety is a constant task, no matter what other priorities are facing the business - we all know the consequences when things go wrong," he said.

"The Kelsius FoodCheck system applies modern technology for the first time to the task of food safety management.

"I believe FoodCheck will make retailers' lives easier while improving standards in a transparent and cost effective way."