How your ERP can be a competitive differentiator in food and beverage

Categories: ERP, Food and Beverage
July 17, 2018
Group of red grapes.

An enterprise resource planning software platform can ensure that companies can respond to changing demand, leverage technology, and develop new products faster.

For food and beverage companies that want to gain competitive advantages and agility, automation and integrated business solutions are essential.

Choosing the right enterprise resource planning (ERP) tool can be a pivotal decision when companies want to be responsive to changing consumer demands, a stricter regulatory climate, and tight profit margins that demand efficient operations.

As seen in the recent post, The Industries Where Your ERP Choice Is a Major Competitive Differentiator, food and beverage companies face major pressures and complexity. Here’s a closer look at how your ERP can be a competitive differentiator in foods and beverages.

Meeting customer demand. Tastes are constantly evolving and demand for new ingredients, flavors, and variations is seemingly relentless. As the world flattens, consumers are exposed to new tastes, and cyclical trends practically guarantee that food trends will emerge at regular intervals.

With business intelligence tools and supply chain transparency, your ERP can quantify and report on these trends, allowing you to identify opportunities, source ingredients, and get new products to market faster than your competitors. Whether its pomegranates or spice blends, your company will be better positioned to identify and react.

Leveraging data. Keeping up with the latest health trends or preferences means using the available data to understand how trends, use available information to drive strategy and operations, and anticipate needs. An ERP solution generates data about operational efficiency, needed maintenance, and how to better understand production and performance.

Together, the automated collection of information, stored easily, and displayed in real-time dashboards and reports gives invaluable insights that can be used to make better, smarter decisions.

Maintaining compliance. The regulatory burdens on the food and beverage industry are numerous and highly consequential. A lack of compliance can have severe impacts on finances and lead to scrutiny. Today’s ERP solutions use automation to measure, track, and report, detecting issues that could lead to compliance and generating audit trails. Your ERP needs to manage multiple compliance protocols, recording and tracking needed information for all applicable agencies and jurisdictions.

Quality control. Mixing, ingredient pulling, labeling, and allergen management are crucial to food safety and effective operations. Your ERP solution should ensure that quality control procedures are documented, followed, and tracked accurately. Automation can ensure that there is consistency in taste, shape, color, and texture, ensuring brand consistency. Enterprise resource planning software can be used to optimize scheduling of staff and machines, cleaning schedules, and documentation.

Person creating a pizza.

An ERP solution leads to more efficient operations, warehouse management, and costing.

For food and beverage companies that want to differentiate, the Sage Business Cloud Enterprise Management food ERP platform is an ideal choice. Here are a few features that help Sage – and your company — stand out:

  • Lot tracking and recall management
  • Multiple costing capabilities
  • Shelf life management with expiration date controls that keep materials and products fresh
  • Formula and recipe management, with multiple measurement capabilities and automated item, formula, testing, and labeling functions

At NexTec Group, we help food and beverage companies identify their ERP needs and match those requirements against the vendors, products, and features that align best. Give Sage Enterprise Management a try and see how NexTec Group can help with your food ERP needs.