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Enterprise Technology & Business Process Improvement

Today’s food and beverage processor is challenged to select and implement enterprise solutions that meet food safety mandates, yet many processors lack integrated tools to streamline lot trace management, quality, reporting, document control, and other critical functions. 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, Kestrel is able to combine our food safety certification and compliance expertise with Ultra Consulting’s business performance improvement and enterprise technology insight to offer comprehensive services for food and beverage project teams heading into an ERP project. 

Business Process Improvement (BPI)

For today’s top processors, considerations must go beyond technology selection to encompass improving business processes. Business Process Improvement (BPI) methods help organizations meet their desired future state of food safety programs, while increasing responsiveness and accuracy

BPI services tailored to the food and beverage industry focus on understanding industry-specific processes and business requirements, then identifying areas of improvement based on best practices—with an emphasis on compliance.

Food ERP System

Food and beverage manufacturers face unique challenges when implementing enterprise technology. They require solutions that allow for track-and-trace of ingredients, optimization of shelf life, and flexibility for changing ingredient formulas, among others. One of the most common issues food and beverage companies must contend with is the lack of an integrated toolset to streamline these key functions.

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 mandates also require advanced “First Expiration, First Out” (FEFO) inventory management. In addition, processors should select enterprise software that helps them track extensive food safety and quality testing with fully-integrated Laboratory Information Management System (LIMS) capabilities.

With Ultra, we can help guide food and beverage companies through evaluations of technology options that have been successful in this industry. Ultra offers system knowledge and specific ERP system education, so companies can:

  • Work smarter
  • Streamline the ERP selection and implementation process
  • Achieve key business outcomes, such as:
    • Improved customer service
    • Reduced lead time
    • Improved quality
    • Reduced asset turns
    • Higher productivity
    • Improved, more timely decision making

Critical Requirements
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
  • Inventory Control
  • 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
  • Food Safety & Quality Assurance (FSQA)
  • Warehouse Management Software
  • Plant Equipment & Assets
  • Cost Accounting