Food and beverage manufacturers and distributors face a variety of challenges not experienced by other industries. The combination of changing consumer demand, shelf space constraints, and ever increasing government regulation and recall concerns is forcing more and more food producers and their food distribution partners to migrate from entry level food software to more robust ERP solutions.
In the food and beverage industry, food manufacturers come in a variety of sizes. From small, family-owned producers of ethnic foods to large, publically held conglomerates, the food industry is diverse. While the size of the organizational mix is distributed, the software requirements of food producers and food distribution companies are not. All food manufacturers and their associated distributors must be able to safely produce product and efficiently manage their manufacturing process and distribution channel, while staying in full compliance with government regulations. From rigid recall management and audit controls, to forward and backward lot tracking, food processors must have robust ERP software with functionality that is specific to their industry.
Food and Beverage Software Requirements
- Process manufacturing software capabilities
- Formulations and recipes
- Scalable batches
- Flexible units of measures
- Multiple packaging options per SKU
- Bi-directional lot control and tracking
- Product grades
- Expiration date tracking
- Recall management
- Commodity pricing
- Route accounting
- Bar-coding and RFID
- Audit trails and reporting