Coolsan about us

LEFT: SARDI Food Safety and Innovation Microbiology Laboratory Manager Geoff Holds (left) with Coolsan Principal Scientist Dr Gary Erickson (front) and Coolsan Chief Executive Thomas deMasi (right) during ChillSafe testing in 2014.

The Coolsan story

Coolsan® Australia was co-founded in 2010 by experienced food retailing and marketing consultant Thomas deMasi and consultant chemist and inventor Dr Gary Erickson. Thomas deMasi has been involved in the food industry in retailing and marketing for over 30 years. Dr Gary Erickson is a consultant chemist and inventor with experience in scientific research, product development, medical disinfection technologies and a background in quality assurance and biotechnology.

Whilst running a Thai restaurant in regional New South Wales, Dr Erickson discovered that “fresh” produce in regional New South Wales had a very short shelf life and substantial costs were associated with the wasted food. To resolve this problem Dr Erickson realised that the extended period of time that fresh produce was stored provided an opportunity to use reactive oxygen medical disinfection technologies at low concentrations to reduce the negative impact of microbial activity on their fresh produce, whilst helping to reduce pathogen risk within the refrigerated space.

From this, Coolsan Australia was formed, with the objective to research and develop effective, environmentally friendly systems to reduce bacteria, moulds, yeasts and ethylene in commercial cool rooms, refrigerated transport and effectively keep refrigerated spaces healthier and stored produce fresher for longer. Subsequent product development, scientific trials and now shown user experiences has resulted in the multi award-winning ChillSafe eco hygiene sachet. 

ChillSafe was officially launched at the Fine Food Australia trade show in Melbourne in September of 2014.