When it comes to the food and beverage industry, there are a number of unique challenges that they face that other industries don’t have to deal with. This is mainly due to the fact that their job involves managing perishable products, as well as the difficulty of complying with strict regulations. There’s also the ever-looming threat of contamination and recalls – all of which can be overwhelming for a business to manage on their own.
Transparency, visibility, accuracy, and accountability are all the new watchwords in the food and beverage manufacturing industries. Sage EM (formerly known as Sage X3), a business management system, is a software tool that offers manufacturers the information they need to successfully compete in the global market. IWI Consulting offers a whitepaper entitled Transparency in the Food Manufacturing Industry which offers more insights into how a business management system can help you improve your business. Download it today and learn more. Global Supply Chain Challenges Solved The food and beverage industry has become increasingly globalized over the past several years. Product ingredients may include wheat from Manitoba, preservatives manufactured in the United States, spices grown and dried in India, and packaging components from Europe. All of this makes tracking supply chain inputs and visibility into your supply chain vital. If one link in the chain must be tracked to its source, you need immediate access to the data in your system. Disparate systems or logs kept in spreadsheets can take too long to review manually and can be difficult to cross-reference. An enterprise resource planning system such as Sage EM brings all data into one business management system so you can […]
The Need for a Comprehensive Food ERP System Your business is more than the manufacturing plant you use to manufacture your products and distribute it to consumers. While your focus may be food manufacturing, there is a lot more that goes into making your business a success. From back-office accounting to HR and payroll, these are standard business activities that must take place in order to ensure the smooth operation of your manufacturing facility. Successful food manufacturers combine all areas of the business into one system to provide them with the insight and visibility they need to manage their business well. When you run disconnected systems, you receive disconnected data. Every part of the business relates to the other. If you are experiencing challenges in manufacturing a certain product, chances are those challenges are affecting one part of the business or another. By simplifying business management and using a comprehensive solution to manage both your manufacturing and office-related activities, you are setting yourself up for success. Why Sage EM (formerly known as Sage X3) is Our Top Pick for Food Manufacturing Businesses Sage EM (formerly known as Sage X3) is an integrated enterprise system that allows food manufacturers to have complete business […]
The Answer to the Food Manufacturing Industry’s Worries As a food and beverage manufacturer, the safety of your products should be your top concern and priority. While there are numerous regulations in place to ensure the safety of food and beverage products, food still gets contaminated, leading to costly product recalls along with process and facility overhauls. Earlier this month, we discussed how preparation is key to surviving product recalls and contamination issues. This week, we would like to expand on the idea of preparation and show you ways you can prevent contamination from the start. Food ERP software is crucial in preventing, preparing for, and responding to product recalls and food contamination issues. Designed specifically with food manufacturers in mind, food ERP software contains advanced tracking and reporting capabilities that make it easy for manufacturers to keep a close eye on every step in the manufacturing process. Here are 3 ways food manufacturing companies can use food ERP to increase food safety: The Prevention of Food Contamination Your main plan of attack when it comes to product recalls and food contamination should be prevention. If you can prevent contamination from occurring, then you do not have to spend extra […]
Food and beverage manufacturing is serious business. The FDA imposes strict regulations on food manufacturing businesses to protect consumers from the contamination or misrepresentation of products. While these regulations are ultimately in place to protect both consumers and manufacturers alike, they can be quite cumbersome to adhere to and require a great deal of attention to the manufacturing process. This past year as seen even more changes to the food and beverage industry, and we expect it to only continue from here on out. Earlier this year, the FDA implemented the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA), further tightening the regulations food manufacturers face. In order to remain in compliance and ensure that you are doing everything in your power to protect both your customers and your business, you need to have a system in place for tracking and maintaining critical information related to the manufacturing of your products. Spreadsheets No Longer Work for Food Manufacturing Needs We all love spreadsheets. They’re simple to use, don’t require extensive knowledge of a complex system, and are easy to update and change as needed. While certainly useful for many business tasks, spreadsheets are not an effective tool when it comes to food manufacturing. […]
No matter how you feel about it, recalls are an unfortunate reality in the food and beverage manufacturing industry. Just turn on the news, and you will hear story after story about companies pulling products off the shelves due to contaminated ingredients or faulty labeling. If your company has been hit by recalls, you know the difficulty of the situation. In fact, for many food and beverage manufacturers, recalls are akin to a “state of emergency.” Though the industry produces several billion dollars a year, it is facing increasing challenges, particularly in the area of food and beverage recalls. While it is almost impossible to know when and if a recall will occur, there is something food manufacturers can do in order to safeguard their business and limit the effect of recalls on production and profit. Recalls can never be predicted, but with a little preparation ahead of time, food manufacturers can prevent recalls from significantly affecting the business. Recalls in the Food Manufacturing Industry: Why Do They Occur? Recalls can occur for a variety of reasons. While the most common reasons for recalling food and beverages is the contamination of ingredients, recalls can be attributed to something as simple […]