Food / Beverage Industry

The Food and Beverage industry has experienced major changes in the last few years in their overall processing environment. The changing demand in today’s consumer market means industry processors can no longer plan on the basis of long product lifecycles and that innovation has become critical for survival. 

Some of the current issues the Food and Beverage industry is now facing includes increased demand for variety and innovation, governmental regulation on quality, product traceability, low profit margins and the need for shelf life management. Another critical issue facing the Food and Beverage industry is that inconsistent quality of raw materials requires dynamic recipes and variable processes. Food manufacturers must demonstrate traceability in the end-to-end supply chain, not only for food safety and legislative compliance, but also to meet increasing expectations with corporate and social responsibility.

Despite being a multi-trillion dollar industry, the worldwide food business’ annual growth is limited to the world’s population base. Competition is intense within the industry, especially in mature markets.  In today’s market, the major grocery retailers face increasingly price-led competition that is forcing them to reduce costs and eliminate complexity from their business. The demand for lower costs is encouraging global sourcing of a wide variety of foods, which adds risk to the supply chain.

Driscoll & Associates, Inc. believes SYSPRO’s solutions provide enhanced visibility of key information, faster time to market and greater opportunities for profitable growth.  SYSPRO provides the ability to handle the complexities of the Food and Beverage industry where the challenges of quality, perishability, and the demand for faster inventory turnover, deliveries and safety issues mean that time-to-market is all-important.    

Industry Challenges

  • Variable customer requirements
  • Reduced inventory levels and inventory management challenges
  • Ever-changing schedules and shorter production runs
  • Short 'shelf life' of raw food materials
  • Customers want more variety and innovation
  • Faster cycle times and more communication
  • Supply chain collaboration with other food manufacturers and distributors is critical
  • Increased levels of regulation in the form of quality, documentation and traceability
  • Low profit margins
  • Inconsistent quality of raw materials necessitating dynamic recipes and variable processes
  • Forecasting in the final stages of production center around packaging size


Driscoll & Associates, Inc. and SYSPRO Solution:

Inventory Management

The SYSPRO Inventory Management module is the heart of the system bringing the sales, planning, valuation and control into this module. There are tools that will allow for analysis of inventory levels and turnover. The system is real time and will show the current items on hand, availability, usage, allocations and open replenishments. The system supports lot and serial tracking. Inventory cost can be at standard, average, last cost or FIFO / LIFO layers. The system is a true multi warehouse system with the ability to track transfers between warehouses.   

Inventory Control Fact Sheet

Goods in Transit

The SYSPRO system will track goods in transit, which will provide greater management control over stock items that are being transferred between warehouses. The system achieves this by monitoring warehouses transfers and supply chain transfers. Warehouse transfers are generated using the Inventory Movements program, Supply chain transfers are generated using the S/O Entry program. The capture of a supply chain transfer order enables you to reserve stock for transfer at a later point in time (as opposed to an immediate transfer out catered for by Inventory Movements). The primary purpose of the goods in transit system is to manage the regular transfer of stock between multiple warehouses.

Inventory Control Fact Sheet

Lot Traceability

The SYSPRO Lot Traceability module is designed to provide full traceability at transactional level for items. This module records material movement through the receiving, manufacturing, assembly, inspection, stocking, and final dispatch stages. The integration with SYSPRO's other modules permits full upward and downward traceability through all inventory transactions. The module traces product life cycle from raw materials to final products.

Lot Traceability Fact Sheet

Finite Scheduling

SYSPRO system has very strong, real-time finite capacity scheduling capability. To stay competitive, manufacturers must operate in a lean operational environment. This finite capacity capability enables manufacturers to use flexible, short-run, short-horizon scheduling resulting in cost effective jobs. Finite Capacity Scheduling creates realistic schedules and promise dates for customers, which increases profits by improving productivity and customer satisfaction, yet reducing costs.

Factory Scheduling Fact Sheet

Engineering Change Control

Engineering Change Control (ECC) enables you to improve and continue to maintain the management of engineering changes to your products. This is achieved through various features and processes - the essence of which is the Engineering Change Order process (ECO). The Engineering Change Order process is a workflow type subsystem, intended to replace the paper trail that typically accompanies any changes to product design data. When the product is under the control of ECC, any maintenance to a bill of material and/or routing of the product can be accomplished only by means of a current ECO.

Engineering Change Orders provide the following mechanisms:

  • Assigning product design tasks to particular users (or groups of users)
  • Transferring tasks between users (or groups of users)
  • Notifying users of new tasks
  • Reminding users of outstanding tasks
  • Electronic sign-off

Engineering Change Control Fact Sheet

Material Variability and Dynamic Formula Adjustment

Food & Beverage manufacturers have significant variance in their products from one raw material receipt to another up to the final product. SYSPRO’s system will be to capture material variability, on a lot-by-lot basis, easily adjusting formulas and recipes while ensuring excellent overall quality. This flexibility will enable the manufacturer to use materials in the most effective manner enabling considerable cost savings.

Bill of Materials Fact Sheet

Low-Cost Manufacturing

The SYSPRO Manufacturing suite of applications allows a food manufacturer to keep their finished goods in inventory at an absolute minimum. SYSPRO’s system will enable efficiencies by maximizing throughput and resource utilization by leveling off production peaks and valleys. The system will allow for improved decision making based on what's scheduled and what's running, capacity, resources, labor, work orders, overloads, skills, potential problems, set-up, tear down and pegging. This in turn will allow the manufacturer to make informed decisions on where to make the product, using which resources and specify sequence scheduling thereby improving throughput.

Work in Progress Fact Sheet  Factory Doc Fact Sheet   Resource Planning Fact Sheet

Customer Service Management

The SYSPRO Customer Relationship Management (CRM) suite of applications will enable manufacturers to increase revenues and client satisfaction through optimal client management. The CRM solution is designed to offer all the key components of business management in one simple module combining customer contacts, marketing, sales, customer service, Help Desk, and after market service and repairs. CRM allows everyone to share the same information putting people in the center of the enterprise with a 360 degree view of the marketing, sales, order fulfillment and accounting transactions.