Alchemy Systems has acquired Chilton Consulting Group. Chilton is an industry-recognized consulting firm that helps food companies navigate complex food safety standards, improve regulatory readiness, and drive frontline employee performance.

According to a recent Gallup poll, 70 percent of workers are either disengaged or actively disengaged. Alchemy’s training, coaching, and communications programs help food companies engage with their frontline workers to ensure the safety and quality of the food supply. Alchemy programs also improve worker safety and productivity. Every month, Alchemy helps impact the performance of two million frontline workers at over 10,000 locations.

“The food industry faces tremendous operational, consumer, and regulatory pressures,” says Alchemy CEO Jeff Eastman. “Chilton’s deep capabilities in frontline safety and operations will enable us to make the food industry safer and more productive, from farm to fork.”

The Chilton Consulting Group team will join Alchemy’s professional services organization, which will be led by Jeff Chilton, the founder of Chilton Consulting Group.

“Our firm has more than 18 years of experience solving the unique needs of hundreds of food processors and manufacturers,” says Chilton. “With our combined expertise, we can help the entire food chain improve their workplace safety, food safety, and operations.”

Chilton will expand Alchemy’s service offerings for the Global Food Safety Initiative. In addition, the company plans to expand the implementation of its Total Operational Performance System (TOPS) to help clients optimize line performance and profitability.

“For years, Chilton Consulting Group has helped us with expert insights and guidance through our certification processes,” says Scott Sherry, director of quality assurance for the Standard Functional Food Group. “We also rely on Alchemy technology and training solutions. The combined company solutions will enable us to drive further improvements in workforce safety and productivity.”

Chilton Consulting Group is Alchemy’s second acquisition in the past 18 months.

“Smart food companies are recognizing that better engagement with their frontline workers is an untapped opportunity to improve bottom line performance,” says Eastman. “We continue to build our capabilities through continued investments in innovation and acquisitions to serve the needs of the food industry.”