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Global software company Ideagen has today expanded its solutions for food quality and safety with its first acquisition of 2023, welcoming supply chain mapping company Qadex into the Ideagen family.

The solution - which brings together every aspect of food safety, from quality management to supply chain tracking and approval – will become Ideagen Qadex.

Speaking about the acquisition CEO, Ben Dorks, said: “Ideagen support the safe hands and quiet voices that protect the world – and if there’s one thing the whole world needs to have confidence in, it’s the safety of our food supply chain.

“We want to trust that the food we put on the table, to feed our families is safe to eat and has been handled with care at every step of its production - how its raw ingredients are farmed, how its stored, how it’s transported, how it’s processed. Qadex play an important role in that reassurance.

“We are incredibly pleased and proud to be bringing them into the Ideagen family, their software supports over 16,000 food producers to evidence the integrity of their entire supply chain – from field to fork.”

Ideagen has a strong pedigree in quality management software and auditable collaboration with a number of well-known consumer goods brands, such as Diageo and Greggs, already using their solutions to support their quality and safety.

Ideagen Qadex will perfectly complement the existing portfolio and widen Ideagen’s footprint in the fast-moving consumer goods market, bringing together food safety, quality management, compliance, supplier approval and enhanced supply chain mapping, providing visibility for retailers, restaurants and food producers on the source of each ingredient.

Qadex founder, Stephen Whyte, said: “Joining Ideagen creates great opportunities for our amazing people and customers. Deploying Qadex software across the Ideagen global footprint has the potential to transform the safety of our food supply chain.”

Headquartered Leicestershire just 12 miles from the Ideagen’s Nottingham HQ, Qadex boast a large number of global household names among its existing customer base.