VicinityFood, An ERP Solution For Lot Traceability for Food Safety and Increased Compliance

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Food safety is a critical issue. Food and beverage manufacturers know that a slip-up in their food safety standards can mean disaster for their brand. True, federal laws are in place to protect consumers. Still, conscientious manufacturers must have reliable ways to comply with regulations such as the FDA Food Safety Modernization Act. An ERP solution that allows lot traceability and tracking for food and beverage manufacturing is an essential tool. It can help protect your products and your brand.

Emphasize quality and safety

Consumers want to know about the ingredients in their food. The increased interest in limited ingredient foods and the “Farm to Table” movement demonstrates that concern.  Food supplies and ingredients are now produced and shipped worldwide. This may lead to questions of quality control and standards in other parts of the globe.

To promote your product and reassure your customers, lot traceability is a must. With lot traceability, manufacturers can track precisely what ingredients are used and where they come from. They can verify that they are meeting quality standards and pass on that confidence to their consumers.

Optimize inventory

In the food industry, freshness matters. With time, flavor, potency, and ripeness may be affected. Lot tracking will allow you to prioritize older inventory to ensure freshness and prevent waste. Lot tracking also ensures the balancing of ingredients so that batches are consistent in flavor and texture, thus encouraging brand loyalty.

Guard against counterfeiting

Complex supply chains and fluctuating availability allow for the introduction of counterfeit ingredients. Lot tracking will help ensure that your consumers are receiving authentic goods. If counterfeit components turn up on store shelves, tracking and tracing can pinpoint exactly where they entered the supply chain. Manufacturers can quickly rectify the situation and take steps to prevent future issues.

Validate promotions, deals, and rebates

Retail food and beverage vendors rely heavily on deals, pricing, and rebates to promote sales. Unfortunately, there is room for fraud.  Lot tracking can help you validate the legitimacy of rebate claims by verifying the purchaser of the qualifying goods.

Manage recalls

Product recalls can be a nightmare and are certainly an inconvenience. Problems with a specific ingredient or a manufacturing mistake can happen. But with lot tracking software, you can limit the scope and cost of product recalls. Identifying the affected lots and tracing them to the retail outlets or distribution centers will save time and money and ensure safety.

Prevent brand damage

Poor quality ingredients, product recalls, and counterfeit goods will erode your brand’s reputation. An ERP system with effective lot tracking and tracing provisions will help protect your brand by ensuring the quality and purity of your ingredients and your finished product. When the unthinkable happens, you can act quickly to control the damage if you can immediately identify the lots requiring a recall. Tracking and tracing are essential for every food and beverage manufacturer.

To learn more about protecting your products and your brand with VicinityFood tracking and tracing software for food and beverage manufacturers, contact our experts at Vicinity Software.

By Vicinity Software, vicinitysoftware.com

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