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Digi acquires FreshTemp to boost cold-chain offering

Steve Rogerson
November 23, 2016
Digi has acquired FreshTemp, a Pennsylvania-based provider of temperature monitoring and task management products for the food industry. The acquired technology will continue to be supported, as well as leveraged within the Digi Honeycomb automated food temperature monitoring service to create a portfolio of products for the cold-chain market. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed.
Founded in 2011 by CEO Jeff Rieger, FreshTemp has pioneered in creating technology, services and domain expertise in food safety and operations management for commercial kitchens. With this acquisition, Digi will expand its temperature monitoring to incorporate digital task management capabilities to replace traditional manual logbooks and simplify daily restaurant tasks.
“Our solution sets are extremely compatible and I’m excited to be able to leverage the market presence and scale that Digi offers our customers,” said Rieger. “Together, we’ll be able to accelerate the adoption of our solutions and support the growing demand for technology that ensures businesses are serving safe and quality food.”
Organisations will be able to streamline manual operational checklists and provide insight to managers on how well their teams are adhering to restaurant guidelines. As part of the acquisition, Rieger and FreshTemp employees will become part of the Digi Cold Chain team.
“We believe the cold chain market represents a large underserved market that can take greater advantage of wireless sensor networking and IoT capabilities,” said Ron Konezny, president and chief executive officer, Digi International. “We’re going to leverage all avenues –- organic growth, partnerships and acquisitions – to further establish Digi as the expert in providing easy to use and RoI generating cold chain solutions.”
Since its introduction, Digi Honeycomb has been deployed in a number of quick service restaurants, and has established itself through partnerships such as those with Telus, Canada’s fastest-growing national telecommunications company.
Digi Honeycomb is an automated food temperature monitoring service that encompasses front-of-house and back-of-house environments to alert users if the proper temperature is not maintained. FreshTemp’s core product line as well as task management capabilities will be made available through Digi Cold Chain.