Aptean is a global provider of mission-critical, industry-specific software solutions. With purpose-built software that addresses the unique challenges facing process manufacturers and distributors, Aptean caters to the specific requirements of each business. Each of their food and beverage solutions seamlessly integrate to run your entire food business with maximum efficiency.
Core Food Industries
Core Food and Beverage Industries
Key Enterprise Resource Planning Functionality
Core Food and Beverage Industries
Key Performance Management Functionality
Food and Beverage Industries
Key Maintenance Management Functionality
Core Food and Beverage Industries
Key Warehouse Functionality
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In today’s challenging business environment, midsize manufacturers are faced with increasing pressures from both domestic and overseas competition—pressures to reduce costs, improve and maintain quality and decrease lead times. Designers and builders of capital equipment face special challenges due to the complexity of the products they build and the unique requirements of this engineer-to-order (ETO) environment. If you are an ETO or project-based manufacturer, here are ten questions traditional manufacturing software vendors don’t want you to ask.
ERP systems help food manufacturers comply with FSMA regulations. But forward-thinking businesses take ERP capabilities further to improve efficiencies, reduce costs, and increase margins.
For food and beverage organizations, complying with FSMA regulation is nothing new. With the recently updated FSMA requirements, you might suddenly find yourself in the midst of a recall enforced by the FDA if you can’t quickly show that you’ve met traceability requirements. Manufacturers have been forced to take a closer look at their existing processes and technology to help them achieve their business goals.
Litehouse Foods is a leading manufacturer of refrigerated salad dressings, cheeses, dips, sauces, cider, and freeze dried herbs, with a long history of innovation and a strong commitment to their employees.
A recent undercover report did more than uncover low standards of food safety at a major food manufacturer – it also highlighted the importance of organizations having the relevant technology in place to prevent issues arising on the shop floor.
Business software should support the collection of more data, leading to a deeper understanding of the business. Unfortunately, the transition from collecting data to actionable insight is incredibly challenging.
Madrona Specialty Foods was relying on multiple, independent platforms to run its business prior to going live on JustFood in 2017.
Technically, ERP stands for “Enterprise Resource Planning” software, but really it could stand for “Everything Right & Profitable” or “Easier Realized Profits”.
Aptean released Aptean Factory MES 9.2 which introduces new collaboration features and more intuitive reporting functionality.
Supply chain planning involves forecasting, inventory, distribution, and plant capacity planning, as well as scheduling. The right mix of strategy, education, and systems can have a big impact on operations.
Complying with FSMA traceability and recall regulations is a massive challenge. Learn how to evaluate ERP systems and how they can help food and beverage companies with their unique needs.
“Cloud computing” is one of the most important trends in business software. Until recently, ignoring that trend and carrying on business as usual has been no big disadvantage, but that’s changing quickly.
Ineffective data collection/management will negatively impact materials management operations. This can lead to inefficiency, material delays, and increased costs. Here's how to avoid these dilemmas.
A basis storeroom has now been created, and at least basic data about the stocked items has been captured on spreadsheets. Parts are stored safely and can now easily be located. Now what?
We've all been there; equipment breaks down and parts are ordered with little consideration as to lead time, price, quality, or reliability. This column offers insight into purchasing and managing MRO inventory.
PEZ Candy's Connecicut plant produces approximately 4.5 million pounds of candy each year. This articles explains how ERP software helps give the company an edge over their competition.
Iinvesting in enterprise resource planning software (ERP) is a complex undertaking. This guide will help you determine if your company is ready for ERP implementation and how it will help you succeed.
JustFood, a leader in the food software industry, today announced the release of JustFood 2018. The release makes it even easier for food manufacturers and distributors to manage their business. JustFood software works to connect departments, data and processes into a single cloud ERP built specifically for the food industry, and now offers a simplified user experience, upgraded integrations and add-ons, and greater reporting capabilities.
Almondina Brand Cookies needed an integrated ERP to help streamline complex baking process. This case study examines the cookie manufacturer's selection and implemention processes of its new ERP.
This white paper guides you through the hidden costs of falling behind technologically, how dedicated business software can help, and what things look like when you have timely, accurate trade spend data.
While most food business leaders understand implementing new integrated business software is a technical challenge, many overlook the less tangible things that can stand in the way of success.
Every company outgrows small business accounting software. CFOs have four options to solve this problem while minimizing long-term costs, business disruptions, ideally, and upgrading quickly.
Yield analysis is complicated and an unlikely place to find a competitive advantage. However, an evidence-based approach to analyzing and optimizing yield can have a big impact on bottom lines.
In food manufacturing, success depends on maximizing ingredients and aligning supply with demand. If you aren’t investing in MRP, then it’s virtually impossible to encourage sustainable growth.
Are you using the power of your manufacturing data to reduce downtime? Predictive maintenance software is a low-risk, but impactful, way to start improving your processing efficiency.
On Wednesday, September 20 at 2 P.M. EDT, Aptean and Food Online will bring together a panel of ERP users and experts to get a 360-degree view of traceability and recall. Advanced planning, clearly defined processes, and the tools to execute are critical to your food safety initiatives, especially in light of FSMA and other regulations that affect food and beverage manufacturers.
An effective trade spending program's impact on sales can dwarf other marketing efforts. The hard part is identifying what's effective, then quantifying it. The right business software can help do just that.
Food business leaders understand implementing new integrated business software is a significant and technical challenge. But, many overlook things standing in the way of success, like resistance to change.
Few things keep food producers up at night like the prospect of a product recall. At best, a product recall is a benign mistake that causes nothing more than aggravation, inconvenience and perhaps an angry customer or two. At worst, the consequences can be tragic, in both human and economic terms.
Modern food processing and production equipment is more advanced than ever before—but while that means increased production capacity and yield, it also means more complications when something breaks down or goes wrong. Instituting a proper preventive maintenance strategy can help you ensure that your equipment keeps working effectively, mitigating the risk of a premature breakdown.
Do food safety audits leave you sleepless? Do you walk into the office every morning stressing out over whether or not you’re prepared? If you know the most common mistakes companies make during food safety audits, and deal with them accordingly, you can reduce the risk which will leave you with less cause for concern and late nights.
Most food businesses use business software to help manage risks and perform recalls. But if they’re not using ERP software, they may be missing out on some important potential benefits.
Each year, food manufacturers produce billions of pounds of food waste that could be avoided. Despite efforts to curb food waste over the last few years, there's still a lot to be done.
Investing in integrated business software is a large undertaking and not something to be taken lightly. This article addresses the tasks and processes involved in implementation and how to overcome them.
Accurate production planning and scheduling is critical for a company to reduce changeover time between production cycles, minimize wasted materials and run effective manufacturing practices.
Purchasing is a major area of strategic development for most food companies. So, what are the best purchasing practices for food companies to implement and maintain?
Intersnack Group wanted to seamlessly monitor production processes and review production figures in real-time. This case study shows how MES allowed the company to continually improve its production processes.
To gain meaningful insight into OEE, a suitable Manufacturing Execution System (MES) is required. But how can a business leverage additional benefits from their MES?
Quality audits are a great way to fight against compromised product quality. But, what "quality audits" should be completed and how are they done?
Berner Foods lacked the required shop floor information to identify and address root causes. This case study explains the benefits the company experienced from implementing MES.
This white paper discusses the importance of achieving employee buy-in with a synchronised manufacturing solution.
Flavor Inn lacked a company-wide system for its vital information. This case study shows how ERP gave the company access to this data and the ability to make better-informed decisions.
This white paper will help food and beverage manufacturers understand how supply chain functions, such as demand and inventory planning, can positively impact their overall operations and bottom line.
Process manufacturers that implement robust CRM solutions achieve two-way data flow between the manufacturing floor, shipping, and the financial office with win/loss tracking capability.
This paper discusses differences between tier-one and tier-two ERP solutions and the situations where it can be advantageous to utilize both solutions within a food manufacturing organization.
This column explains how a Manufacturing Execution Systems (MES) can drive a proactive culture and enable food and beverage manufacturers to improve communication, efficiency, and profitability.
Millions of people use social media to network, sell products, and inevitably, complain about poor service. But, do you really know the extent to which this impacts your customer service?
Manufacturing Execution Systems (MES) promote visibility into manufacturing ops. But sometimes, the solutions become complicated. This article details how to maximize the value of MES.
Software should help food companies manage food safety, improve operational efficiency, and accelerate growth. These programs offer features aimed to optimize your operations, assist with food safety compliance, and drive profits. This article will explain how software helps make it easier than ever to run your organization safely and profitably.
This guide highlights the features and functionality that food companies need from their business software to aid in their factory-to-fork traceability and food safety efforts.
Family-owned food operations are often built on gentlemen’s agreements While these methods work, they leave money on the table. This white paper explains how leveraging technology helps improve margins.
You could be losing money and not even know it. This white paper offers food manufacturers solutions to take control of their costs and how to employ them in their operations.
When you dig in and begin to understand the cost savings from implementing traceability software into your organization, it quickly becomes apparent that the savings far outweigh the investment.
For companies in the food manufacturing and processing industry, there are a number of different elements that require investment as they continue to scale. There’s additional equipment to buy, facility expansion or hiring additional employees. What eventually comes across every company’s list, though, is some type of software update – something to integrate current systems into one streamlined platform.
Hundreds of organizations inspect, test, and certify food based on strict standards. Though the certification process can be lengthy and costly, here are three food certifications too valuable to ignore.
Consumers have an increased demand for information about their food, how it’s produced, and the standards set by governmental organizations. Because of this, SQF certification attempts to recognize companies based on both the safety and quality of their operations and inform consumers of these companies' initiatives. This article will outline the benefits of SQF certifications, the different levels of it, and address some of SQF’s FAQs.
Finance and accounting aren’t everyone’s favorite topics, but they matter tremendously in the food industry. In order for an organization to have success, it’s imperative they understand how to stay organized, minimize costs, and steer clear of financial issues. This article offers five tips and tricks leading organizations in the food industry rely on to maximize their resources.
Food companies need to know FSMA, but the law is leaving companies with more questions than answers. This article will explain five elements of FSMA essential to food manufacturing operations.
When a big-box retailer tours a food manufacturing facility to vet the company’s operations, every process needs to be fully optimized and prepared for scrutiny. Below are the essentials that need to be covered to meet the needs of big-box retailers.
The Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) was signed into law by the FDA in 2011 and aims to increase the safety of food manufacturing and distribution for consumers by shifting the focus from responding to contamination to preventing it. All food processors and food distributors need to know what’s included in this act, but unfortunately, as with most laws, the actual document is complicated and hard to understand.
If any of your activities include processing, packaging, labeling, storing, selling and/ or shipping seafood products, then traceability plays a key role in your working life. The need for lot tracking backwards and forwards across the supply chain has never been more front-of-mind than today, in this era of growing pressure for fast, effective recalls – that pressure being applied by the government, your customers and their customers (consumers).
After divesting from Kraft, Del Monte Foods had one year to decide whether to stay on the Kraft system infrastructure or to employ a new system.
Creative Foods Ingredients (CFI) had been making do with a combination of Accpac and Excel spreadsheets to manage their production and financial processes, says their CFO, Jeffrey Arcand, who has been with the company since 2000.
Surati Sweet Mart has a natural knack for technology as members of their management team are tech-savvy. They brought a lot of knowledge to the table and were looking to partner with a company that could meet their long-term needs and offer a best practice scenario for their operations.
The legacy system that Baker Boy was using, Food 6000, was migrating to Process 800. The management team decided if they were going to go through the effort of migrating a system, then they should do a full system search and find out what system best met their business needs.
As a new company, Suncore Products, makers of WhoNu? cookies did not yet have any business software systems; they needed software that would cover them from “beginning-to-end,” including the trade spend management part of their business, says Tawnya Ver Duft, Senior Systems Manager, of Suncore Products.
Sahale Snacks’ biggest challenge was also its triumph... dramatic growth. This case study explores how growth was the catalyst for implenting an ERP system and how that system spurred even more growth.
When Kitchen Partners Limited got to the point where they were manufacturing 100 custom items, they “experienced an exponential explosion in the requirement for BOM [bills of material],” says Jason Hawrish.
Based on the experiences of over 170 respondents, this report explores how Food and Beverage (F&B) manufactures achieve operational excellence. By Reid Paquin, Research Analyst, manufacturing, product innovation & Engineering (PIE)
Fresherized Foods needed a real-time inventory system that tied into the accounting-side of things. The company invested in ERP to solve its inventory problems and enhance its business platform.
The protein industry is typically family-owned and -operated and uses systems that have treated them well for years. But, modern protein companies are improving margins by leveraging modern technology.
In a recent Mint Jutras report, we highlighted the special needs of process-related industries and concluded “any old” general-purpose Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP)solution just wouldn’t cut it anymore. In a shrinking world where customers are more demanding, regulatory requirements and penalties for non compliance are stiff, and the threat of product recalls looms large, process manufacturers need ERP solutions that are broader and deeper, enriched with industry-specific functionality and enabled by advanced technology.
In this report, Mint Jutras references data collected from its 2016 Enterprise Solution Study, which investigated goals, challenges, status and performance of implementations of ERP.
Based on experiences of over 170 F&B execs, this report shows how they achieve operational excellence by focusing on three key areas — production efficiency, quality and safety, and sustainability costs.
At JustFoodERP, we never stop working to continually improve our software. We pride ourselves on listening to our customers’ feedback and using those insights to constantly improve our platform and offer the best food specific ERP functionality.
JustFoodERP, a leader in the food software industry, has released JustFoodERP 2015 Feature Pack 3, a product update containing a suite of valuable new features. The all-in-one business software unites different parts of a food manufacturing or distribution business under one integrated system and now contains broader built-in support for variable weight products such as those found in meat and seafood industries. It also has many other benefits for food companies, adding support for reading and printing information-rich single-scan bar codes such as GS1, and introducing a streamlined handheld interface for warehouse picking and receiving.
JustFoodERP is pleased to offer a complimentary report by Mint Jutras, experts in analyzing the impact of enterprise applications on business performance. The report highlights JustFoodERP Foundation and the importance of integrated business software in the food and beverage industry.
Last week we released our Feature Pack 3, a product update containing a suite of valuable new features. One of the features that we’re most excited about is our new variable weight functionality, making it easier for protein manufacturers to cost, code and track their products. In light of this new functionality, we wanted to provide a little background on what makes catch/variable weight such a unique challenge and why these new features are so exciting.
It’s important for every business to have a clear understanding of what’s coming in and what’s going out in terms of product. However, it’s even more important for businesses that deal with perishable goods to be acutely aware of what’s happening both on a micro and macro level. Strategic lot tracking best practices can go a long way towards making this happen.
Food manufacturing is a complicated business. While the majority of your success and revenue is determined by the uniqueness of your product, marketing strategy and vendor relationships, uncontrollable market factors can also get in the way. Cost of materials, transportation costs and economic stability can all play a role in the profitability of your business.
From the merging of grocers to the decreasing options of food distribution channels, industry consolidation puts downward pricing pressure on food manufacturers. The recent trend has been consistent and shows no sign of slowing down. When faced with decreasing profits due to pricing pressure, it’s common for food processors to turn to internal costs and processes looking for efficiencies that may restore lost margins.
There are a number of enterprise resource planning (ERP) systems on the market, which makes it hard to find the best solution for your needs. The key is to identify the features your food ERP system needs in order to address your most important requirements and challenges.
Effective Inventory Management (EIM) and JustFoodERP pair up to bring you Best Practices for the Food Industry.
A Food Manufacturer’s guide to ensuring your ERP system has ‘farm to fork’ traceability built right into the software.
Our customers are the companies that are growing in a hurry, the food companies that want to be the innovators at meeting safety compliance and government regulation. They are the group of people thinking not just about how to run their current business better, but how technology can help them grow their business in the future.
A Food Company’s guide to getting data, processes and procedures GFSI ready and what you might want to consider.
This case study explains why Canada's largest privately-owned dessert manufacturer invested in ERP to address major manufacturing issues - including data silos and a lack of data visibility.
This report explores how F&B manufacturers achieve operational excellence. Specifically, how leaders focus on production efficiency, product quality and safety, and sustainability costs to succeed
For years, TW Garner used business management software, and now they needed an upgrade. This case study explains how the company leveraged existing infrastructure to put in place proper upgrades to modernize the system.
This Case Study examines how and ERP system helps eliminate manual data entry, tracks product both forward and backward in the supply chain, and helps in conducting mock recalls for third-party audits.
High-profile incidences of contamination have contributed to a greater need for traceability solutions. As a food manufacturer, packager, or distributor, it is your ultimate responsibility to give customers, retailers, certification boards, and government agencies a view of the journey, all the way back to its origins.
Food safety is about prevention, but response, recordkeeping, and accurate data are also important. This article will explore traceability solutions and all the benefits they provide F&B companies.