Why?

Foods Connected is born out of our passion for solving problems and maximising opportunities within the Food Industry. As a team we believe in improving efficiency and simplifying tasks wherever possible to make for a happier, more productive team. It’s what gets us up in the morning.

How?

We collaborate with our customers to understand the changing problems and opportunities that the food industry faces and develop innovative ideas and simple solutions based off this to deliver real value in the industry.

What?

We innovate & transform food supply chain processes through our one-stop shop software solution that gives our customers the control to ensure that they have the right supplier, the right product and the right quality at the best price possible. We deliver increased control & visibility for our customers in the simplest way possible.

The story so far...

2012

After years of working in the food industry and experiencing the frustrations of logging and approving suppliers, ensuring consistency in quality and negotiating buy and sell pricing, Roger McCracken and Gary Tyre decided to create a simple approach to lessen the headache. Thus ‘Meat Connected’ is born.

The business secures support from Invest NI who see the potential in their business plan.

2013

TheMeat Connected Purchasing Manager & Specification Manager go live.







Meat Connected gets their first customer, OSI Food Solutions UK, for supply of market information to help their purchasing team.

2014

Meat Connected add several new customers including Hilton Food Group with the system being rolled out across their 6 European factories for Supplier Management, Specification Management and Purchasing Management.

2015

Meat Connected is awarded further funding from Invest NI for it’s innovative technology offering and commitment to improving employment in the North West of Northern Ireland.







Meat Connected extend their range of tools to now include a mobile supplier audit tool, supplier questionnaire tool, customer complaints tool and product quality check tool.

2016

Meat Connected launch their Cost & Yield Model Tool to help companies manage product yields and costs when calculating what they are buying or selling.







Meat Connected changes it’s name to ‘Foods Connected’ to better reflect the wide variety of food industry brands utilising our innovative tools.

2017

Foods Connected form a Joint Venture with the Hilton Food Group to help expand the system globally with Hilton’s retail partners.







Foods Connected opens a second office in Belfast to cater for their growing team of nearly 20 people looking after their different customers around the world.

2018

Foods Connected is now live or actively being implemented into over 100 factories for some of the largest food manufacturers, retailers and food service providers around the world with over 5,000 suppliers accessing the system regularly to interact with their customers.







Foods Connected open it’s first international office in Sydney, Australia, to serve their customers there and manage growth of new business in the APAC region.

2019

Foods Connected are acknowledged at the 2019 Food & Business Awards as the "Supply Chain Company of the Year"







Foods Connected continues to expand with a new office refurbishment in Derry to accommodate our growing team of 50+ employees.

2020

Foods Connected partner with the Women in Meat Industry Awards as a sponsor to aid workplace diversity and support the growing number of women making a name for themselves within the meat industry.







Foods Connected launches partnership with FareShare NI in an effort to give back to the local community and help fight food poverty in Northern Ireland.

Mission + Vision.

As a team, we are 100% committed to the principle of simplicity. Working in the food industry can be complicated and our aim is to improve and simplify our customers’ lives through the deployment of world class software, useful informative reporting and best in class food industry insight, coupled with expert guidance. We believe we can make a difference to people’s lives and livelihoods, by enriching the lives of our colleagues through clear communication, engagement and purpose. We also believe in giving back a part of our talents, energy and funds to create a sustainable business with an eye to the future. To aid our local community we have partnered with FareShare Northern Ireland and Foyle Food Bank to improve food poverty and food security in Northern Ireland. We also hold various charity events throughout the year for other organisations, as voted for by our employees.

Our vision is to continuously improve and develop our software solutions with a maintained emphasis on customer satisfaction and user experience. We want to keep helping the food industry to simplify it’s processes. We will continue to work with our industry partners and customers to drive our product offering forward and ensure what you get is what you need. As we continue to grow, we will focus further on bringing our software to the global market so that even more food companies can benefit and enjoy the difference that Foods Connected has to offer.

Meet some of the team.

Grace

Business Development &
Project Specialist

For Grace, life revolves around Family, Friends and Food. When she's not meeting with customers she loves to cook, relax and try new experiences.

Nicholas

Head of Sales & Partnerships
Australia & NZ

With a passion for innovation and over 15 years in retail, Nicholas found his calling at Foods Connected When not engaging with fresh produce growers, Nicholas can be found on the long training path to ascend Mt Everest.

Gary

Director System Development

Eclectic music addict, whilst coding can be overheard listening to anything from folk to electronica. Enjoys the outdoors, but only if it involves kicking a football, or trying to hit a golf ball.

Chanelle

Project Manager

With a love for yoga, travel and new experiences. When she’s not attending to customers, you’re most likely to discover her exploring new places, trying out new restaurants or attempting to balance upside down at her local yoga studio.

Christopher

Software Developer

IT graduate of the University of Life, aspiring junior developer looking to hone his skills in HTML programming with a penchant for thinking inside of the box, has adopted and strongly advocates the upcoming software development methodology known as "mañana, mañana".

Natalie

Graphic Design &
Marketing Manager

A travelling nomad at heart and aspiring Ace Ventura, when not creating up new designs for company materials, you’ll find her travelling the world, enjoying a good rock concert or roaming a deserted beach in search of her disappearing dog.

Leah

Project Executive

When not managing client accounts, you'll find Leah enjoying a couple of sneaky gins, indulging her coffee addiction, driving along the north coast or booking a last minute impulsive getaway!

Sean

Senior Software Developer

Senior Developer, in terms of age at least, with over 15 years experience creating bespoke software solutions. An anime/manga amateur aficionado who is generally found being schooled on the latest trending games/gadgets by his children.

Peter

Software Developer

Whilst honing his programming skills to take over the world, Peter is trying to finish doom on nightmare mode. Weather permitting, he can be seen running away from his problems (and squirrels), in the park. This living, breathing, movie trivia database is also immune to spiciness.

Andrew

Business Director

When not working, he can usually be found eating or running along Belfast’s riverside. (He tells us he has to run because of the eating!) Lover of all things sport & music related. He does a little bit (or a lot) of everything at Foods Connected.

Gemma

Technical and Quality Project Lead

A shopping enthusiast, when not travelling to meet customers and managing customer projects you’ll find her at a Gaelic match cheering on Tyrone or on a night on the town enjoying a few glasses of wine (or bottles).

Jen

Quality & Technical Project Lead

When she's not working, Jen loves to travel and see new places, 40 countries visited and counting. She also does sports event volunteering, everything from small scale local charity 10k runs up to international events, last year she was out in Australia for the Commonwealth Games.

Paul

Commercial Director

The new boy and elder statesman of the team! (as has been gleefully pointed out to him now by a few of his new colleagues!) He has spent the last 30 odd years working in the Foyle Food Group. Roger was one of his proteges! His interests include , Family, Live music (not a bad drummer in his day and still do the odd gig!), Golf (better than Gary Tyre, not as good as Ravi) and Modern Languages.

Ravi

Implementation Manager

Metal Detecting semi-pro, when not drawing up the next plan to improve the Foods Connected offering, he’ll be adding to his antique collection, strolling a strawberry field in search of the next ripe picking, engrossed in a good history book or exploring rural life on an island of Ireland.

Barry

Software Developer

When not watching the latest football championship, you'll likely find Barry playing guitar, caught up in an intense video game, reading or living life loud at a music festival (provided he gets the chance!)

Patrick

Software Developer

When not writing code, can usually be found watching a movie or TV show, or following several sports including football, motor racing and cycling.

Richard

Head of Support

When not being a support guru and the company billiards champion, he is kept on his toes by his three young children. Occasional golfer (time permitting) and full time good guy!

Kyle

Senior Project Lead &
Client Development Manager

When not responding to our customers every needs he can usually be found hiding in his garage trying and failing to fix something.

Roger

Managing Director

When not travelling between clients, spends as much time as possible being active. Loves getting out for a run, a swim or just doing something in the gym. Rugby is his favourite sport but more so as a spectator now than a player.

Martin

Graphic Designer

When not working on one creative project or another, can usually be found out and about with an overactive Springer named Finn. Loves everything anime/manga and an odd bit of Football.

Jill

Project Lead &
Client Development Manager

An animal lover who frequently competes on the showjumping circuit across Ireland, when not travelling to meet our lovely clients, she can be found in the outdoors enjoying nature, or assisting vets on call.

James

Software Developer

When not working as System Developer for Foods Connected, he can be found watching a Liverpool match, cycling, travelling, reading a good fact book or enjoying an evening in front of the TV catching up on a good series.

Bethany

Project Executive

An enthusiastic bookworm, when she’s not working on customer projects, you’ll find her acting the tourist abroad sampling the local culture.

Paul

Software Developer & Quality Assurance

Former placement student turned Quality Assurance extraordinaire / Front-End connoisseur. When not on his daily bug finding missions you can find him at a rave desperately trying to hold onto his youth or planning his next European city break.

Sharon

Project Lead &
Client Development Manager

Self-professed purveyor of all chocolates, when not serving as project lead for commercial projects at Foods Connected, you’re likely to find her strolling the fine shopping streets of Belfast, or booking her next holiday getaway!

Duncan

Business Development Director

When not working with our customers on new opportunities, he enjoys reading, good food, wine and cooking on the barbeque.

Kevin

Software Developer

Dog lover, frequently dragged around local parks by his overactive Springer. An expert gamer but novice runner, can be found in front of his PC, enjoying the latest Sci-Fi release or jogging down Derry's beautiful quay.

Neil

Software Developer

A stranger in a pub once guessed his job and his entire set of interests just by looking at him. A lifelong programming hobbyist turned professional, avid reader, player of games, and occasional artist.

Peter

Systems Developer

Lover of games and Formula 1. Give him some dark chocolate if you want a favour from him. Without a new game to play or race to watch he will brush up on his guitar playing and wonder if he should have learned to play the triangle instead...

Joan

Business Graduate

Fresh in the Foods Connected family as a Business Graduate, after gaining her degree in Food Business Management in Loughry Cookstown. Her hobbies in her spare time include travelling about, seeing new places, as well as working on her home family farm.

Andrew

Commercial Project Lead

When not working, he can usually be found playing Rugby, Golf or Cricket. Outside of sport he is a keen traveller, always searching for the next adventure.

Claire

Implementation Manager

A self-confessed foodie-holic, always searching for the next innovative food trend to hit the shelves. Her idea of a ‘relaxing’ holiday is an all seeing, all doing city break. A large glass of red is never too far away, or white if the dish calls for it…

David

Quality Assurance Engineer

When he is not testing the software that we know and love, he likes spending time with his family. A coffee aficionado, he is a keen gardener, and upcycler (built his own garden shed from pallets and other reclaimed wood). A fan of sci-fi, tech, gadgets, and reading.

Amber

Business Intelligence Analyst

When not creating dashboards, she finds joy in spending time with family watching movies, playing badminton or board games. Occasional artist with an unconditional love for interior design and good food.

Gwilym

Head of Business

Sport-loving, chocaholic who loves to run, as well as spend time with his two children. Coaches his son’s football team, (or at least tries to), and does whatever his daughter tells him to! Enjoys the company of family and friends, especially if it involves food or sport, or preferably both.

Liam

Systems Developer

Adrenaline Junkie who spends most of his weekends covered in dirt at the motocross track or mountain bike trails. When he’s not hanging on for dear life on a dirt bike, he likes stay active in the gym, work on cars, bikes and travel to obscure hidden gems of the world, oh and to try as much new cuisine as possible (Can’t forget about the food!)

Cathal

Systems Developer

A graduate from the Letterkenny Institute of Technology , with a degree in Applied Computing. In his free time he’ll usually be at the gym or trying to play golf. Big sports fan -especially football (Liverpool fan), he loves having a few pints in a pub somewhere whilst watching the games.

Michael

Systems Developer

Avid coder, keen fitness fanatic. Can normally be found in front of a computer listening to a wide variety of music from metal to easy listening or in a jiu jitsu class.

Scott

Business Intelligence Graduate

Recent father and lover of all things Portuguese. When he is not sorting through Foods Connected datasets his hobbies are just as nerdy, board games, video games and programming name but a few.

Stephen

Systems Developer

When he isn't developing software for work, Stephen likes to spend his time as a hobbyist game developer. Whether that's working on small projects, weekend "game jams" or building tutorials and tools for other game developers. Besides that, Stephen enjoys spending time with his family, having movie nights and just chilling out.

Dan

UK Commercial Manager

Living in North Yorkshire, Dan loves spending time in the great outdoors with the family. A retired rugby player, he has embraced Rugby League now that he lives ‘up norf’ and watches as many games as he can. He is also in the unusual position of being one of the oldest in the company and also the youngest….(was born on Feb 29th).

Tom

Head of Business APAC

When not working with clients, you can find him out doing triathlons, running marathons and anything that pushes his limits. Born and bred on a farm, he loves to read, play sport and enjoys a good glass of red with a Ribeye like no-one else…..

Laura

Customer Support

When not helping out our customers with support, She's kept busy running around after her two children and keeping up with their busy social lives! When she has five minutes to herself, you'll find her catching up on the latest TV series.

Hannah

Business Placement Student

A Business Management placement student who is keen to learn all about food supply chain processes which can be innovated and transformed by Foods Connected. She enjoys meals out, city breaks and a ‘wee pink gin’ with friends.

Our Values.

Our values are what drive our business forward and get us up and raring to go in the morning. Here at Foods Connected we believe in keeping things simple, so we have 3 simple values which as a team we stand by and which bring us together to keep on developing great solutions.

1
Simplicty
2
Service
3
Innovation

World and Community wide.

Food businesses of all sizes globally trust us to help keep their finger on the pulse of their business. Over 8,000 suppliers are currently using Foods Connected to communicate with their customers around the world.