Linden, CA-based Morada Nut is a grower and processor of walnuts and various other agriculture items. As a third-generation family farm, one of the company’s biggest concerns was providing its customers with the highest quality products possible. This case study shows how the implementation of optical and laser sorting technology helped Morada Nut boost the quality of its product while simultaneously increasing efficiency and maximizing throughput.
For over 50 years, the Nedato cooperative of 500 farmers has been producing quality potatoes to customers across the world. The cooperative has grown into a sustainable, customer-focused, innovative and cooperative potato organization worldwide. This case study tells the story of how the Nedato cooperative implemented automated sorting technology to boost the quality of its product and foster growth.
In January 2004, when aluminum giant Alcoa divested from Centennial, Colorado-based Stolle Machinery, Stolle’s management had to make some fast decisions about its enterprise application platform. Stolle Machinery designs, manufactures, and distributes equipment for the metal container industry. This equipment is used by packaging giants like Rexam and Ball, and these Stolle customers supply beverage companies like Coca-Cola and Pepsi as well as companies that can supply major food products, including SPAM®.
Heaven Hill Distilleries, a family-owned company with Depression-era roots, brought its IT system into the 21st century. By investing in an integrated business system, the company achieved a variety of efficiencies, including dramatic reductions in both finished goods inventory and lead times on customer orders.
Butcher’s Pet Care has implemented IFS Applications as its core ERP system. Delivered on-time and within budget, the investment provides a complete business management system with advanced forecasting and demand planning capabilities.Customer service support is also benefiting from increased visibility and seamless connectivity between sales, production and the warehouse. Read more about how Buther's Pet Care mastered the art of demand-driven manufacturing with IFS Applications.
Intercontinental Brands (ICB), a credible alternative to market leaders in the alcoholic drinks industry, produces 20 million bottles every year at its plant in Middlesbrough. Shipping to countries as diverse as Germany, Nigeria and Hong Kong, the company’s first aim was to establish a single version of the truth by ripping out and replacing a number of disparate, ageing systems. Its investment in IFS Applications has given it room to grow, dispensing with the spreadsheets and filing cabinets for good.
To understand why food and flavor trends are born, or step into the spotlight in any given year, it is important to understand their surrounding couriers and influencers. A courier acts to shuttle a trend in from a neighboring focus, while an influencer can be seen as an ally to a trend. For the coming year, I have examined food and beverage drivers for patterns.
The food manufacturing and processing industry has changed since I began my career 35 years ago, but the persistent problem of food waste has remained a constant challenge. The statistics are quite staggering. According to the USDA, an estimated 12.7 billion pounds of meat, poultry and fish are thrown out by consumers each year. Even before food can reach consumers, an estimated 2.7 billion pounds of meat, poultry and fish — valued at $8.8 billion, or about 5 percent of all such inventory — are thrown out by retailers each year. Food waste is an intimidating challenge and one that processors, retailers, and consumers all play a part in tackling.
In mid-2011, a study was conducted among manufacturing executives and professionals of middle market to large manufacturers to better understand their interest in and demand for mobile device access to enterprise applications.
In mid-2011, a study was conducted to understand how usability challenges may cause individuals to work outside the system of record. This causes the manufacturer to lose value as employees use other systems. When faced with usability challenges, respondents indicated they may also use a number of free or low-cost online tools including Google Docs and Dropbox. In this primary research report, we see that when ERP is too hard to use, people rely on spreadsheets instead.
Research suggests that, as manufacturers implement sustainability programs, the primary motivation for this is not regulation, but requirements from customers that push their own environmental and quality/traceability requirements onto their suppliers. This white paper will explore how batch process manufacturers can select and use enterprise software with embedded quality management functionality to overcome their biggest challenges.
The high-volume, transaction-intensive nature of food and beverage supply chain logistics presents significant challenges. When raw materials, ingredients and manufactured products have a limited shelf life, managing supply chain becomes increasingly difficult. By following these five strategies, you can take the challenges out of your food and beverage supply chain.
Cargill’s meat-processing facility in Hazleton, PA, ships more than 10 million pounds of packaged meat each month, yet it sends zero waste to the local landfill. However, it wasn’t always that way, according to Aaron Humes, the plant’s general manager.
In this podcast, Nick Merriwether of IMA Dairy and Food, discusses with Food Online Voices some of the recent innovations within thermoformed containers and how those innovations are benefitting food manufacturers. Further, Merriwether explores what he believes to be the latest trends in packaging for food manufacturers and dairy processors. Finally, Merriwether addresses consumers’ demand for food products with extended shelf life and how active sterilization and packaging methods are helping meet that demand.
In this podcast, Dr. Gregory Siragusa, Sr. Principal Scientist of Microbiology at DuPont Nutrition and Health, discusses with Food Online Voices of the dangers that consumers face today in spite of all the efforts to improve food safety, as well as some of the advances in detection technology that are enabling food technologists to better protect consumers. Further, Dr. Siragusa acknowledges that there is no single solution to address every microbial threat to food safety, but addresses the need to address and eliminate a wide variety of threats. Finally, Dr. Siragusa discusses DuPont’s Detect and Protect services and how it helps address microbial issues in food production, such as spoilage and food waste.