Products and solutions from Infor help 1,500 food and beverage manufacturers in over 90 countries across the world effectively manage complex challenges including tank scheduling, country of origin labelling, traceability and recipe management.
With the most comprehensive solution in the market dedicated to solving unique challenges of the food industry, Infor can ensure efficient and effective management of shelf-life, yield, disassembly planning, attribute management and complete asset management.
Customers using Infor Food & Beverage solutions typically report 10-15% productivity improvement which helps to keep costs down and margins up.
What's more, integrated product lifecycle management means that product innovation has never been faster and compliance never been easier. No customer using Infor Optiva has ever had a labeling-related compliance failure.
There are many business challenges for food and beverage manufacturers, which are driven by the unique nature of the sector in which both supply and demand are highly variable.
- Product innovation: food and beverage manufacturers need to continually launch new products to remain relevant, attract consumers and secure shelf space.
- Service excellence: many ingredients are only available at certain times of the year. Most have limited shelf life. Many finished products can exhibit the same characteristics, for example, turkeys for Christmas which need to be planned and stock built. Promotions can create spikes in demand that are difficult to forecast and plan for, including the purchase of raw materials and packaging, production and distribution capacity.
- Quality and compliance: the delivery of poor quality products can mean penalties, chargebacks and dissatisfied consumers. A recall is a worst-case scenario for many manufacturers, which can not only cost you financially but severely damage your brand. Manufacturers are constantly faced with new regulations - and not only in domestic markets. In addition, you need to ensure financial compliance in each international market.
- Operating costs, yield and margin: rising raw material costs, labour and energy costs can significantly impact profit margins. A small change in yield can often result in a large change in profit. In a sector where profit margins are often small, it is essential to monitor and manage costs and margins closely.