Enterprise Resource Planning

Campari digitises global data

Campari digitises global data

By Rick Pendrous

Global branded spirits producer Gruppo Campari has created a unified database for all product specifications and increased the efficiency of product development and manufacturing processes by digitising its business operations, following a number of acquisitions...

Food supply chain excellence: Stewart Wilmot collected the award from Columbus Global UK’s Simon Charlton (right) and awards host Matt Dawson

FMEAs 2017

Salad processor wins supply chain Oscar

By Mike Stones

West Sussex salad processor Natures Way Foods has won the coveted Supply Chain Initiative of the Year trophy in the industry’s Oscars – the Food Manufacture Excellence Awards – at The Hilton on Park Lane in London earlier this month.

ERP raises supply chain efficiency

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ERP raises supply chain efficiency

By Rick Pendrous

Fresh produce supplier to high street restaurant chains, Reynolds Catering Supplies, based at Waltham Cross, near London, is using Infor’s M3 enterprise resource planning (ERP) system to raise order handling efficiency.

Sorter picker

Meat sector embraces Industry 4.0

By Rick Pendrous

Software, image processing and automation systems for tomorrow's production environments will be displayed by the CSB group at IFFA, the international meat industry trade fair, which takes place in Frankfurt from May 7 to 12.

Robots can be reprogrammed for different applications

From automation to optimisation

By Paul Gander

Automation offers the opportunity to integrate control with background data, as Paul Gander discovers

Web-based salad monitoring: from field to factory

Web-based salad monitoring: from field to factory

Swiss-based convenience salads producer Eisberg group is using a web-based software system to help provide end-to-end quality management while monitoring products to ensure they are delivered as fresh as possible.

Internet of things

Next year’s news about process manufacturing

By Jakob Björklund

The growing importance of traceability – where transactional data meets the internet of things – is one of three key trends set to shape the process manufacturing industry of 2016: including the food and drink sector.

Kanes Foods hopes its new system will help accomodate supply chain developments

Kanes installs a new ERP system

By Pendrous

Fresh prepared foods company Kanes Foods, based in the Vale of Evesham, has replaced its legacy enterprise resource planning (ERP) systems in a move designed to accommodate supply chain developments associated with its rapid growth.

Poundworld boss Chris Edwards: 'A strong platform for rapid growth'

Single-price discounter Poundworld's sales hit £422M

By Rick Pendrous

Discount retailer Poundworld has reported an increased turnover for the year ended March 31 of £422.3M – £77M ahead of 2014. At the same time the retailer’s operating profits rose by 130%.

Food firm boosts traceability

Replacing paper-based systems

East End Foods now has better product traceability and can comply with the requirements of the Food Information for Consumers Regulation, which comes into force this month, following the integration of a new warehouse management system (WMS) into an enterprise...

Software aids traceability in today's complex retail business climate

Direct network links help to manage data proliferation

With the growing amount of data being generated for - and on - packaging lines, particularly around printers, readers, programmable logic controllers (PLCs), cameras and other peripherals, food and drink companies are realising the value of a direct link...

QR codes give customers additional data, such as the food's provenance

Pluses and minuses of new EU labelling rules

By Paul Gander

New EU labelling regulations could force users of variable information and weigh-price labelling to rethink where and how data is presented on-pack, according to equipment supplier Bizerba. It could also open up fresh marketing opportunities.

Organix says sales of its all-ambient product lines have nearly doubled

Forecasting toys thrown out of the inventory pram

By Sue Scott

A market-busting 10% rise in demand for Organix baby food products has forced the company to tear up the spreadsheets and become the first manufacturer to adopt a new stock-monitoring and forecasting system that could lead to full vendor-managed inventory...

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