Food and Beverage

Food and beverage manufacturers and distributors face a variety of challenges not experienced by other industries. The combination of changing consumer demand, shelf space constraints, and ever increasing government regulation and recall concerns is forcing more and more food producers and their food distribution partners to migrate from entry level food software to more robust ERP solutions.

In the food and beverage industry, food manufacturers come in a variety of sizes. From small, family-owned producers of ethnic foods to large, publically held conglomerates, the food industry is diverse. While the size of the organizational mix is distributed, the software requirements of food producers and food distribution companies are not. All food manufacturers and their associated distributors must be able to safely produce product and efficiently manage their manufacturing process and distribution channel, while staying in full compliance with government regulations. From rigid recall management and audit controls, to forward and backward lot tracking, food processors must have robust ERP software with functionality that is specific to their industry.

Food and Beverage Software Requirements

  • Process manufacturing software capabilities
  • Formulations and recipes
  • Scalable batches
  • Yielding
  • Flexible units of measures
  • Multiple packaging options per SKU
  • Bi-directional lot control and tracking
  • Product grades
  • Expiration date tracking
  • Recall management
  • Commodity pricing
  • Route accounting
  • EDI
  • Bar-coding and RFID
  • Audit trails and reporting

The below identifies the generalized functional strengths of each of the listed ERP solutions for distribution within the food and beverage industry. Our ERP software selection process leverages more detailed information from our database to conduct a more thorough assessment of software fit with each client’s business requirements.

ERP Software Packages for Food and Beverage Distribution

Food and Beverage
Software Functionality
IBSAppriseNetSuite ERP/CRMBatchmaster FoodInfor SxRoss Enterprise
General Ledger, Accounts Receivable, Accounts PayableHighHighHighHighHighHigh
Manufacturing Resource Planning (MRP)HighHighHighHighHighHigh
Electronic Data Interchange (EDI) HighHighMediumHighHighHigh
Customer Relationship Management (CRM)HighHighHighHighHighHigh
Advance Shipment Notice (ASN)HighHighMediumHighHighHigh
Auto Pricing and Auto SchedulingHighHighHighHighHighHigh
Bar Code CapabilityHighHighHighHighHighHigh
Document Management SystemMediumHighHighHighMediumHigh
Contract ManufacturingHighHighHighHighHighHigh
Contract Warehousing, Inventory Management and TrackingHighHighHighHighHighHigh
Sales ForecastingHighHighHighHighHighHigh
Sales PlanningHighHighHighHighHighHigh
Salesforce Management and TrackingMediumMediumHighLowHighHigh
Product Management and TrackingHighHighHighHighHighHigh
Commission ManagementHighHighHighHighHighHigh
Account Management and TrackingHighHighHighHighHighHigh
Marketing Promotion Campaign PlanningHighMediumHighMediumHighHigh
Promotion Management and TrackingHighMediumHighHighHighHigh
Discount and Rebate ProcessingHighHighHighHighHighHigh
Regulatory Compliance (FDA, etc.)HighLowHighLowHigh
Label ManagementHighMediumHighHighMediumMedium
Quality Systems - Lot Tracking, Batch Traceability, Recall ManagementHighHighHighHighHighHigh
CAPA (Corrective and Preventive Action)HighLowHighLowHigh
Customer Feedback TrackingHighHighHighHighHighHigh
Reporting for Finance and Accounting in the Food Distribution IndustryHighHighHighHighHighHigh
Disclaimer: For illustrative purposes only. Assessment for your unique needs may vary based on specific business processes and requirements. You will want to develop more detailed requirements as part of your software evaluation and selection process.
Panorama’s ERP consultants are aware of the potential pitfalls of ERP selection projects and can help hedge against project cost overruns, software that is misaligned with business needs, and lack of return on investment. The ERP team has industry specific expertise that helps facilitate a successful ERP selection project and measurable business improvements.

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