The reality of the day is that food producers must not only maintain a strong defense against recalls, but also against increasing regulations, food sensitivities in the population, environmental consciousness and PETA agendas. All this squeezed against tighter operating margins brought on by extreme weather changes and ever-mounting business fees and taxes. Many famous food industry names populate the FDA and USDA’s “rap sheet” of food producers who have been required to issue a recall of possibly contaminated foods.
Surviving and prospering now requires excruciatingly tight control of all aspects of food production from the acquisition of ingredients all the way to delivery of the food product to the consumer. Legacy stand-alone systems for processing, inventory control, sales and accounting simply cannot keep up.
“What’s been done in the past is no longer good enough,” says Jon Mainwaring, executive vice president of Oneir Solutions Inc.—a Queenston, Ontario, provider of scalable ERP software. […]