Center Parcs expects to save 20,000 hours a year with automatic kitchen checks

Leisure operator Center Parcs will tighten up food safety compliance checks in all its UK kitchens as part of a technology roll-out that it reckons will save it 20,000 man-hours a year.

The company, famous for its activity-based holiday parks, plans to deploy Checkit’s Real-Time Operations Management solution across its five UK sites to assist with critical routine tasks around food safety.

It believes the move will free up valuable time and boost efficiency.

Gavin Riley, food, beverage and retail manager, at Center Parcs, said Checkit was selected because it is a single-vendor solution that delivers both monitoring and paperless work management, and can be scaled to meet its longer term needs.

“This will allow us to progress from an initial scope of food safety management to also streamlining and improving front-of-house operations and exploiting business intelligence reporting. It’s a partnership with a bright future,” he said.

The software has already been rolled out and evaluated at Center Parcs’ Woburn Forest and Whinfell Forest sites, with the remaining locations, as well as its new village in Ireland, due to be completed by the summer of 2019.

“Our experience so far suggests that, when all the UK locations are complete, we will be freeing up more than 20,000 hours per year,” revealed Mr Riley. “That is important time we can reinvest in the business, improving processes and training.”

David Davies, Checkit’s director of product and marketing, said the solution had been well-tested ahead of the wider implementation programme.

He said: “Center Parcs has really put Checkit through its paces before deciding to deploy at scale. We are very pleased to have been able to meet this challenge and are excited to be now involved in such an ambitious roll-out with clearly-defined benefits.”

Cambridge-based Checkit has a number of well-known customers on its books, including Alton Towers, Compass Group, George’s Tradition, Jamie’s Italian, One Aldwych, The Ritz and Sodexo.

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