Snack giant Largo turns to Grimsby for IT Support

By Grimsby Telegraph | Posted: 4 Jan 2019

IRISH snack giant Largo has turned to Europe’s Food Town for... IT support.

The County Meath manufacturer, behind iconic brands such as Tayto, Hunky Dorys, King, and Perri, used Vanilla Solutions to upgrade business software system IFS.

Michael McGinn, IT manager at Largo, from where the entire KP range of products is also distributed in Ireland, said: “We have been using IFS for about 12 years and it needed upgrading. Fundamentally, we wanted to create a completely new, stable and environment to ensure our technology was ready for further growth for the company. It was an important project for us and “I’m delighted to say that everything was migrated on time, as planned with no major issues.”

With a near 50 per cent market share in snacks, it is a huge operator, requiring meticulous planning, with Keiran Garry project managing for the team, that is in the process of moving from managed office space on Grimsby’s Europarc to Brigg.

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Michael added: “We were impressed by everyone on the team from Vanilla. Kieran ensured everyone, from Largo and Vanilla, was working together towards the go live and everyone we worked with from Vanilla was great – knowledgeable, patient and very helpful.”

In evidence of the good working relationship between the two companies, Largo has signed up for a support contract.

Mr Garry, one of a team of 32 split between North Lincolnshire and Newcastle, said: “IFS were delivering the core upgrade and we helped the Largo team configure the core solution to their precise needs. The project was split into three phases, starting from proof of concept to define the project scope, through to detailed testing of the final configured solution before go live.

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“As part of the upgrade we also rewrote interfaces making things easier for the Largo users and tidied up some of their processes, speeding them up considerably. We’ve given them a better platform to help them transform and grow their business. Go live went smoothly without any major hitches or problems.”

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