ARA Food Corp
NexTec and FoodBusiness ERP help ARA Food Corp keep a hungry market satisfied.
After NexTec implemented FoodBusiness ERP, which is built on the Sage X3 platform, the team at ARA Food Corp. was able to capture manufacturing data in real time and link it to accounting. Now, ARA Food Corp.'s reports are fully visible across departments with detailed cost tracking, and there is improved traceability, quality control and recall management.
About ARA Food Corp
Plantains are a food staple throughout the world’s tropical regions — in fact these cousins of the banana rank as the tenth most important staple food in the world. Plantains are also a staple at ARA Food Corp. This 40-year-old, family-owned company proudly calls itself “The Home of the Plantain Chip” and is the only U.S. manufacturer of the extraordinarily popular snack food. Operating out of its headquarters in Miami, ARA Food Corp. ships its savory snacks throughout the country, both under its own brand and private labeled for other companies.
Food & Beverage
Here’s how NexTec Group’s FoodBusiness ERP helped solve ARA Food Corp’s challenges.
When the company recognized that its rapidly growing operation needed a comprehensive process manufacturing solution, it selected Sage X3, supported by the food manufacturing business experts at NexTec Group.
“We saw steady growth in our future and wanted to better position ourselves to scale our operations,” recalls Marta De Varona, VP of Finance and Administration for ARA Food Corp. “We were using an older accounting software package with a stand-alone manufacturing application and lots of spreadsheets. We were limiting our growth potential with all the manual steps and poor visibility.”
ARA Food Corp hired an ERP consulting firm to help them identify a new business management solution and implementation partner. “NexTec Group and Sage X3 just stood out, De Varona says. “The functionality of Sage X3 matches the way we work, and we really liked Sage X3’s user interface. For such a sophisticated product, it’s incredibly user friendly.”
“NexTec was outstanding right from the beginning,” says De Varona. “They took us to visit a reference company—another food manufacturer—and we were impressed by what NexTec had done there and the confidence the reference had in NexTec. We didn’t have the same confidence in any other implementation partner that we spoke with.”
De Varona describes the implementation as surprisingly easy. “The NexTec team was knowledgeable, easy to work with and highly organized. They were real leaders throughout the project, and their planning and follow through made it feel easy. We went live at 4:00 am on a Monday morning, and the NexTec team was right there with us which really impressed me.”
About FoodBusiness ERP
FoodBusiness ERP is a solution built on top of the Sage X3 platform and delivered by NexTec industry experts. Over the past 25 years, our ERP and business process experts have helped organizations across North America streamline business operations and lower costs. Recently, our specialization in developing solutions for food and beverage manufacturing industries has resulted in some of the most respected companies around the world managing their day-to-day operations and delivering products using our solution. FoodBusiness ERP by NexTec is built to make food better.