If you’re a food manufacturer who specialises in the production of sauces and dressings, you have the added bonus of being able to diversify your product range, increasing your revenue streams. Producing a variety of sauces in one processing plant can be a huge benefit to your company. But how will you plan for the increase in varieties and the importance of traceability in production? Keeping track of your ingredients is paramount to your business’s productivity. 

Food manufacturers are now working towards a farm-to-fork strategy of traceability because it’s imperative that all stakeholders in the supply chain have complete traceability. Companies need to be able to trace backwards from their customers and forwards from their suppliers.   If a product or a bulk shipment leaves your factory and it has a contaminant from a previous production run, such as nut or fish traces, you need to be able to track down the compromised batch and the ingredients that caused the problem as fast as possible. Without proper traceability measures, finding the source of the contaminant could take a lot of time to locate, and with your items recalled, this causes financial setbacks and damage to your reputation.  In a niche industry, like sauce and dressings manufacturing, the supply chain contains many different ingredients, making the manufacturing process the most critical part of the entire production. If the staff operating the production process can’t locate the cause of the affected batch quickly, the recall will impact all your stakeholders, from the suppliers to the retailers. All food manufacturers need to prove to their clients that they can trace every batch in their production line, otherwise, they risk losing business from retailers to restaurant chains. 

How Can Enterprise Resource Planning system help niche food industries?

Using an Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) system helps food manufacturers to track ingredients, from the beginning to the end of production. Using an ERP means tighter data statistics as well as streamlining processes through digitisation, which all come together in one database. Should a recall occur, all your product information is in one place, which will give your business end-to-end traceability. Using MYOB Advanced in the food manufacturing industry gives you complete visibility over your supply chain. Some of the advantages include:   

  • Bi-directional tracking of ingredients and products   
  • Recall system   
  • Quality control   
  • Lot tracking   
  • Managing allergens   
  • Quality control and audits   
  • Maintenance to prevent problems   

Your business can benefit from a software system designed to manage inventory and other aspects of production 

In a business’s infancy, it’s common that employees will use a spreadsheet to collate data, record transactions and track performance. But as your business grows, so do the complexities of managing larger quantities of raw ingredients and stock. A spreadsheet can easily become a nightmare, of manually entered data, overridden by numerous staff using the same file, from different locations. ERP software provides everything you need to get past the growing pains in your business. Acacia is here to help you future-proof your food production by streamlining your supply chain, automating your business processes, and giving you the tools to revolutionise your workforce. We have provided business software solutions to more than 500 companies, and we understand the difficulties businesses face. Our consultants can help explain the details of the software to you. We also have long-standing experience in serving clients in the food manufacturing industry which gives us a deeper understanding of your business needs and we are better placed to advise you on the best solution. If you are interested in talking through the advantages of using a cloud ERP to track food traceability, contact us and one of our consultants will be in touch soon.