As a Food and Beverage company does the FDA and BRC influence your Top 10 ERP manufacturing requirements

As a result of greater reported health incidents due to poor labelling, cross contamination and false ingredient declaration across the global supply chain has led to increasing regulation. For example the FDA Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA), with respect to Foreign Supplier Verification Programs for imports, the setting of a minimum recall standard of 4 hours and the power to perform a mandatory recall means Foods and Beverage manufacturers have to change the way they manage their business of a daily basis. Meaning they have to run faster better to stay in business. Maintaining and changing your current good manufacturing practice (cGMP) is one thing, but changing your current ERP landscape may be necessary to met the regulatory demands of today and also for the future.

If you are looking to replace your curremt solution(s), below are the top 10 requirements you should be adding to your ERP selction checklist: 

  • Ingredient Declaration and Allergens - calcualte nutritential and allergen data, and record supplier certificates and specifications data for Halal, Kosher, Bio categories
  • Batch Traceability and Recall - simple and easy to use forward and backward tracking to understand and answer all your batch related questions
  • Batch Date and Quality Status Control - shelf life, expiry date, and inspection dates to reduce stock write-offs, obsolesence and increase business profits, and status control to block batches to be consumed or sold
  • Material Consumption - based on a FIFO and/or FEFO basis, and in high volume production backflush traceable products 
  • Quality Control - manage pre, in-process and post production quality control checks, batch and serial re-testing and purchase goods receipt to incease product quality and safety
  • Recipe Management -  create percentage based recipes to include scrap and yield, co-Product, by-product and scrap management - to manage product variation as a result of the production process
  • Yield Planning and Analysis - build into your recipe planned yield percentages and method for calculating actual yield
  • Complaint management - centralise customers, supplier and internal business complaints into your ERP system, for analysis and business process integration to product returns, financial credits and quality processes  
  • Scheduliing - optimise the factory based on an allergen vs non-allergen production plan, while keeping to customer delivery dates 
  • Certificate of Analysis - print general and customer specific certificate of analysis documents for the same batch