Food & Beverage
The Food and Beverage industry is defined by powerful competition forcing them into a mode of continuous improvement in most areas of the business as well as continuous new product introductions. These improvements must be supported by enterprise business systems providing critical information.
While the food and beverage industry is extremely diverse, companies in the industry are all seeking ways to drive down costs, streamline operations and monitor food safety. They face the same business drivers as other manufacturing industries with the added responsibility to abide by FDA (Food and Drug Administration), USDA (United States Department of Agriculture) or ICH (International Conference on Harmonization) regulations.
PSGi’s experienced team works with many well known food and beverage manufacturers to provide business process implementation and optimization services incorporating industry best practices. These services are targeted at maximizing the flow of critical information through the organization, minimizing redundancies and ensuring this information is used manually or automatically to successfully make vital business decisions.
Complexities of the food and beverage manufacturing industry include these characteristics requiring constant flow of information:
- Operations with variations in raw materials, formulations and packaging
- Recipes or formulas which may include by-products, co-products, intermediates, variations in expected yields and alternate equipment-specific formulas
- Rampant product proliferation especially in Food CPG (consumer packaged goods) with variations in flavor and packaging requiring packaging management and planning/scheduling of same batch multiple packaging variations. Packaging phase-in and out is very important as product proliferation in packaging is an ever increasing trend.
- Inventory management that includes materials characteristics such as potency, catch weight, classifications, expiration dates, lot control, and varying units of measure
- Product recall reporting that necessitates bi-directional lot track and trace reporting and frequently farm-to-table traceability. Many companies in the Food and Beverage industry still rely on paper-based records which are cumbersome at best and result in unnecessarily large and costly recall windows of production when recalls occur.
- Contract manufacturing and contract distribution are increasingly popular in the industry. Often a manufacture will contract product packaging. Many manufacturers are looking to 3PL organizations to provide all outbound distribution and logistics.
- Adhering to periodically updated government regulations and evolving customer mandates that may necessitate formal document management processes
- Managing inventory levels, production schedules and yields, capacity loading and a variety of cost factors requiring activity based costing to better understand and allocate cost drivers
- Manage multiple sales channels and sales order processing that must take into account customer product specifications and complex pricing and promotions requirements
- Operational excellence reducing waste and running more efficiently and maximizing utilization
- Enhanced, market aligned decision making
- Compliance with evolving food safety regulations
- Consistently producing the highest-quality products.
- Manufacturing agility enabling better reaction to opportunities and obstacles
- Managing profitability for greater business growth
- Competitive advantages