Manufacturing ERP Software For The Food and Beverage Industry

Food is a basic human need that is essential for the survival, health and well-being of all mankind. The role of the food and beverage manufacturing industry in society is therefore of great importance to the general population. And powerful manufacturing ERP software is necessary for these businesses.

Some Challenges Facing the Food and Beverage Manufacturing Industry

  • Food Safety and Quality
    In contrast to products manufactured by other industries, food and beverage products are made for consumption. When taking into account the number of recurring food poisoning outbreaks around the globe, it stands to reason that product safety must be of the utmost importance for manufacturers in the food and beverage industry.
  • Government Regulations
    The food and beverage manufacturing industry is highly regulated. Regulatory bodies governing this industry require extensive reporting on manufacturing processes, as well as assurances of adequate distribution, packaging and traceability process controls.
  • Consumer Preferences and Dietary / Health Requirements
    The number of consumers looking to turn to a more natural and healthy eating lifestyle is on the rise. As the demand for high quality fresh and frozen products increases, manufacturers in the food and beverage industry have to be more flexible now than ever before.

Why You Need Food and Beverage Manufacturing ERP Software

Food and beverage manufacturing is a complex and labor-intensive industry. Finding the ideal balance between the issues identified above and cost effective processes requires good planning and execution.

Having a quality manufacturing ERP system in place will ensure that material requirements, planning, inventory management, recipe control, and much more, function properly.

Benefits of Using a Food and Beverage Manufacturing ERP Solution

  • Automate existing processes
  • Improve operational performance
  • Reduce production and operating costs
  • Improve visibility across supply chain
  • Streamline key manufacturing business processes
  • Improve inventory management
  • Improve material and product traceability
  • Manage recipes and formulation
  • Maintain quality throughout the entire process
  • Support food safety and regulatory compliance
  • Reduce contamination concerns
  • Reduce raw material shortages and material waste
  • Improve productivity
  • Enhance customer satisfaction levels
  • Increase profits
  • Make data-driven decisions

Examples of Manufacturing ERP’s For The Food and Beverage Industry

  • Microsoft Dynamics 365
  • NetSuite
  • Sage Business Cloud Enterprise Management
  • Infor
  • SAP Business One
  • Epicor
  • Acumatica

Must-Have Features of Manufacturing ERP Software For The Food and Beverage Industry

Manufacturers need specialized solutions that support the complexities of their own industry, and can meet industry-specific requirements.

ERP software designed specifically for the food and beverage manufacturing industry needs to have all of the following features:

  • Process Manufacturing
  • Recipe Management
  • Material Requirement Planning
  • Planning and Scheduling
  • Supply Chain Management
  • Sales and Inventory Management
  • Regulatory Compliance and Reporting
  • Promotions
  • Financial Management
  • Integration Capabilities

SYNC Your Data With an ERP and CRM Integration

By integrating your manufacturing ERP and CRM systems, you have one central location for all company data. This means that everyone throughout the company will have real-time access to important information when they need it, such as customer data, sales history, invoicing, terms, inventory, serial numbers, bill to and ship to addresses, new accounts, etc.

Commercient SYNC, the #1 data integration platform for sales, makes ERP and CRM integration simple, quick, and efficient. Over the years, Commercient has helped businesses of all sizes become more efficient by giving them a 360-degree view of their sales.

With your sales and accounting systems integrated, data is synced to both systems, based on a time frame you wish, including real-time. This eliminates the need for manual data entry, and reduces the risk of human error.

Commercient SYNC integration has grown to over 85 ERP systems, including SYSPRO, Sage, Epicor, SAP, QuickBooks, Acumatica, and many others. Compatible CRM includes Salesforce, Zoho CRM, Microsoft Dynamics 365, SugarCRM and more.

How Commercient Helped McClure’s to Improve Sales: A Recipe For Success

In 2006, using their great-grandmother Lala’s famous pickle recipe, Joe and Bob McClure started McClure’s. The company uses Microsoft Dynamics NAV, and recently added Salesforce. To get a 360-degree view of sales, McClure’s selected Commercient SYNC, the #1 data integration platform for sales, to integrate their ERP and CRM systems. Read the full story here.

Food For Thought

In today’s complex environment of manufacturing, food and beverage manufacturers need the right tools to tackle the challenges of today and the future. That’s why investing in an ERP system is not only a wise choice, but a necessary one.

If you’d like more information on manufacturing ERP software for the food and beverage industry, please contact our partner Edgeware, who will be more than happy to help. Please read this blog to learn how Edgeware helped Belton Foods with implementing SYSPRO, a powerful ERP system.

If you’d like to learn how Commercient can help you integrate your ERP and CRM, allowing you a complete picture of sales and marketing, please contact us today!

About the Author

Anna Kinnear is a Sage Financials Consultant at Edgeware, and holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting Science from the University of South Africa. She has always had a passion for reading and writing.