Food & Beverage Industry Overview
Ultra’s team offers comprehensive services for food and beverage project teams heading into an ERP project. To meet strict food safety mandates, a food ERP system must enable lot control and traceability, both forwards and backwards down to a container level.
Food Safety Advisory Services
The most robust food safety programs are based on processes and solutions that meet not only today’s regulatory mandates, but scale to accommodate future regulations.
Through a strategic alliance with Kestrel Management, Ultra Consultants offers food safety compliance and remediation services to North American food and beverage processors.
For today’s top processors, considerations must go beyond technology selection and instead encompass improving business processes.
Business Process Improvement (BPI) services tailored to the food and beverage industry focus on understanding industry-specific processes and business requirements and identifying areas of improvement based on best practices with an emphasis on compliance.
Recipe and Formula Management
In terms of recipe and formula management, a unique feature processors need from their enterprise systems is the ability to identify specific nutritional values that result from the composition of a recipe. This system must also offer ways to monitor potency, volume, and variable weights when developing formulas, as well as the ability to adjust formulas on the fly to account for concentration variations.
For cost control, processors must keep costs streamlined to protect margins. A food ERP system must track return on investment (ROI) metrics for a reduction in operational costs, improved utilization of resources, reduction in waste, recall management & avoidance and other key metrics.
Watch as Ultra Consultants Chief Operating Officer Rich Sides speaks to the disruptions and challenges facing today’s food and beverage processor.
Critical Requirements of a Food ERP System
Food and beverage manufacturing companies should evaluate the following critical requirements during their enterprise software selection:
- Customer Relationship Management (CRM Software)
- Quoting and Estimating
- Order Processing Available-to-Promise (ATP) and Capable-to-Promise (CTP)
- Recipe Management
- Laboratory Information Management Systems (LIMS)
- Document Management
- Forecasting and Demand Planning
- Materials Management
- Mixed Mode Manufacturing
- Lean Manufacturing
- Lot Control, Traceability and Recall Management
- Supply Chain Management Software
- Advanced Manufacturing Planning
- Warehouse Management Software
- Plant Equipment
- Cost Accounting