A YORK business which creates software for the bakery industry is splitting its company into two separate corporate entities.

RedBlack Software Ltd will continue to serve the independent craft bakery sector with its range of Cybake bakery management solutions, while BakePlan Software’s focus is on the retail grocery and convenience store sectors across Europe with its BakePlan production forecasting system for in-store bakeries.

Jane Tyler, managing director of both companies, pictured, explains that the corporate restructure was prompted by a fork in the development of their software solutions following a successful project with M&S’ in-store bakeries throughout the UK and Ireland.

Ms Tyler said: “It became plain that the needs of the large modern retail grocer diverged considerably from that of RedBlack’s core craft bakery customers. We decided to give our BakePlan supermarket solution a life of its own.”