Fresh Ideas Selects Jamix As New Kitchen Intelligence Partner

Boston, Massachusettes, US – October 28, 2019

Fresh Ideas will be the first Foodservice Management company in the US to implement cloud-based Jamix Kitchen Intelligence System for managing their food service operations. Fresh Ideas is a food service management company serving academic institutions, corporations, and senior living communities in the Midwest, South, and Southeast. The agreement with Jamix will cover 35 locations.

Foodservice Management magazine recently named Fresh Ideas one of the Top 50 foodservice companies in the US, and selected Fresh Ideas as one of the “6 Companies to Watch”.

Technology is one of the corner stones of innovation in Fresh Ideas and the company has been internationally featured for technology and forward-thinking. Innovation and future-forward thinking have been a priority in Jamix, as well, since the start of the company 30 years ago. True to Jamix’s heritage, it’s development engineers continue to publish almost 100 system enhancements and updates every year. Each enhancement or update simplifies and improves the user experience.

Fresh Ideas’ Chief Technology Officer, Bob Love has this to say about Jamix:

“From the first time we reviewed at the Jamix solution I thought to myself “Finally someone has created a solution for real culinarians vs. some tech that culinarians can try to use if they can figure out how to use it!”.  Not only that but, the solution is built with enterprise proven technologies that can be configured for modern kitchens, techniques and methodologies. We were developing our own solution in frustration not being able to find a solution for our culinary teams. But, as soon as we reviewed the Jamix solution; we knew that we had to find a way to create a partnership so that we could get the solution in the hands of our culinary teams. Again, another magic moment; the team at Jamix (including the CEO) has been with us every step of the way answering every question and providing resources to help us with our decision process. There is no other solution that I am aware of that has a Master Chef as part of their team! “

In addition to satisfied customers, Jamix’s innovative approach was recently recognized with 2019 National Restaurant Association’s Kitchen Innovations Award. KI Award recipients reflect the trends and topics most important to hospitality today and showcase the future of the industry.

Jamix is the leading supplier of kitchen intelligence systems for professional kitchens with 30 years of experience. Building on Jamix’s long history, the company is now operating in the United States for a couple of years now.

”We are excited to start co-operation with a forward thinking food company like Fresh Ideas”, says Mikko Jaatinen, founder and CEO of Jamix.

About Fresh Ideas

Fresh Ideas is a dynamic food service management company serving academic institutions, corporations, and senior living communities in the Midwest, South, and Southeast. Fresh Ideas is committed to promoting sustainable practices through culinary craft and professional accountability by creating and advancing programs which strive to balance social equity, environmental health and economic prosperity.

www.freshideasfood.com

About Jamix

Jamix is a Finnish company specializing in cutting-edge restaurant software for professional hospitality and food service operations to plan and organize recipe, menu, inventory and ordering management, and internal logistics. Founded in 1990 by a young Finnish student, in 30 years Jamix has grown from a small local business into a software company with 2500 + clients all over the world. Headquartered in Jyväskylä, Finland, the Jamix US office is based in the Boston. “Thousands of customers use Jamix to produce hundreds of thousands of meals, every day!”

www.jamix.com

JAMIX KITCHEN MANAGEMENT keeps your recipes in order and makes pricing easier

HH Ravintolat is a restaurant chain including different types of restaurants, such as restaurant Iso Paja in Helsinki offering lunch and catering services, and Panorama Bistro located in Europe’s busiest port in Helsinki West Harbour where the menu includes sandwiches and warm dishes prepared on the spot.

Consistency and efficiency for recipe management

– For me the best thing about JAMIX is that we can keep our recipes stored and in good order, tells Henri Häkkinen, the entrepreneur of HH Ravintolat.

– Selection of the active items on the menu varies but when we store the recipes in the system, we can bring passive items back on the menu because we will remember that we have good items in store.

– We want to offer a good and genuine experience to our customers, whether you’re visiting our restaurant Iso Paja or one of our cafés or bistros at the ports. We use JAMIX software for efficiency and maintaining regular practices. In this way, we can create recipes and make sure that the food is always made the same way, when we come up with a good idea.

Help for pricing and planning

– I like JAMIX because it makes pricing easier. I can see the ingredient costs in the system and when I calculate some labour costs there on top, I am able to price better, explains Teija Majanen, the restaurant manager of Iso paja.

– It is great that you can predict and make long-term planning. And then, if needed, you can still make changes. And it speeds up ordering.

Better customer experience

– With JAMIX we are able to control what we are selling and we have all the necessary information on the items and ingredients, and it’s available for the customer, as well, summarizes Henri Häkkinen the benefits of the system and Teija continues: We serve vegan food and have a relatively new set of recipes for that. We can store the recipes and keep track of all the allergens, and get an overview of the food with the help of JAMIX.

– Through all these we can offer better customer service, and have menus with regular variation. And as a result it is nice to have lunch at our restaurants, states Henri.

– And then this program is user-friendly, as well. I can use and manage the program well, even though I haven’t had any specific IT training, praises Teija the system.

JAMIX KITCHEN MANAGEMENT ensures the quality of food and saves time

Aleksia is a public utility providing foodservices for over 40.000 people in the Finnish community of Nurmijärvi. Aleksia’s services include daily meals for children in pre-schools and elementary schools, for employees of the community and for senior citizens at care facilities. In addition, Aleksia provides catering services for meetings and events.

– JAMIX streamlines restaurant operations by assisting us in preparing right amounts of food and odering right things at the right time, tells Teija Määttä who is the Food Production Advisor at Aleksia Food and Cleaning Services.

” Good and tasty food of high quality”

– We have 12 commissary kitchens, and in total there are 50 sites where food is served and consumed. We prepare 14.000 meals per day. Each kitchen used to have their own recipes and own ingredients, so the quality of food probably varied. Now we are able to produce food of uniform quality and everyone is aware of the ingredients a certain meal contains, explains Teija Määttä.

The program provides time savings while taking care of critical calculations

– It would be impossible to manage this number of kitchens and sites without a kitchen management software. The program saves time as it calculates order quantities for us. You don’t need to gather any paper sheets or notes and calculate what and how much needs to be ordered, summarizes Teija Määttä the benefits of the system.

Menu in a mobile application

– Thanks to the free JAMIX MENU mobile application our customers can browse the menus of schools and kindergartens on their smart phones. In addition to the menu content, ingredients and nutritional values are available in the application. Our kitchens that serve meals utilize the mobile application, as well – it works as a tool for them as it contains the latest and correct information about the food, says Määttä.

JAMIX Kitchen Intelligence System provides far-stretched visibility towards customers, as well.

Xamk catering services of South-Eastern Finland University of Applied Sciences includes seven restaurants in total, located in four different cities. All restaurants provide lunch and coffeehouse services, as well as catering services for Xamk students and personnel and for other customers, as well. JAMIX Kitchen Intelligence System is utilized in Xamk both as an everyday tool as well as for customer communication

Xamk Restaurant Services Manager Minna-Mari Mentula says she is happy with the co-operation with JAMIX:
– JAMIX has been used in Mikkeli University of Applied Sciences already since 2013. We used to have another management system but we wanted to change to a more agile one.

”JAMIX is an everyday tool for restaurant managers and for those who make purchase orders”

Restaurant Manager for restaurant Kasarmina, Margit Neuvonen states that JAMIX is an unbeatable tool and you just couldn’t work without it. Not a day without JAMIX goes by, you’ve got to have it!

Easy to share your menu with customers

– JAMIX system is visible to customers, as well. In each of our restaurants, we have a JAMIX MENU display terminal located at the entrance, from which the customer can see the menu of the day. In addition, at restaurant Kasarmina we have a smart lunch line which is just another example of JAMIX’s compatibility with digitalization and practicality. In the smart lunch line customers can see the nutrient content of the food they have taken on their plate, tells Restaurant Manager Margit Neuvonen and summarizes:
Extremely far-stretched visibility towards customers.