In the US alone, 76 million people every year become ill from bad food with 300,000 of those requiring hospital care and resulting in 5,000 fatalities. George Howlett and Philip Gillen launched their company, Safefood 360 in April 2011 which is the first ever global online food safety management software solution. George and Philip are the David Manley Emerging Business Entrepreneurs for 2012.
Safefood 360 enables food processing plants to set up, record, manage and report on all aspects of their food safety system necessary to meet legal and commercial compliance requirements. The company has already generated huge interest worldwide and is currently being used by food companies right across North America and as far afield as India, Australia and South Africa. In their first year, they have raised €900,000 in financial backing and have local operations in Dublin,New York and Melbourne.
George, from Blanchardstown, Dublin, has 23 years’ experience with companies such as Glanbia and Diageo. He also ran his own consultancy specialising in food industry development. Philip, from Malahide, Dublin, began his entrepreneurial life when as a child he sold freshly caught mackerel around Dunmore East’s caravan parks during his summer holidays! An IT specialist, he worked with Butlers Chocolates and in 2005 set up his own software and project management company. George and Philip began collaborating on the Safefood 360 concept in 2009 and both now work fulltime in the company – George is CEO and Philip is COO.