ERP in the Food and Beverage Industries
As with the pharmaceutical industry ERP solutions designed for use in both the medical and pharmaceutical industries must be able to comply with the FDA regulations, especially record-keeping and lot-tracking. However there are other requirements that are unique to the food industry. One of these requirements is often called “catch weight”.
Catch weight refers to the actual weight of the produce, meat, cheese, or other similar product categories where a standard or uniform weight is not possible. These products, and others, have inherent variability within their weights. Therefore if your organization deals with catch weights, and is searching for an ERP software solution, ensure that thorough vetting is performed in this area.
Another feature that is unique to the food industry is the tracking of “best if used by date”. You probably have noticed this type of date stamped on perishables such as bakery. Many ERP vendors may simply use a user defined field to satisfy this need. And that approach may be acceptable. However if this date requires some logic to be included in its use simply adding a user defined field may not support your business need.
Shelf life of ingredients, and certainly finished goods, is another capability that should be explored within an ERP solution. Establishing, monitoring, re-sampling/retesting when expiration dates are approaching, and possibly quarantining/removing expired lot numbers, are some of the basic steps encountered with tracking shelf lives. An extended piece of logic that supports shelf lives is First-Expired-First-Out (FEFO)--utilizing the oldest materials first within production.
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