Although estimates vary, food and beverage is thought to be a trillion-dollar industry in the US, and it continues to grow as the population expands. The sector contributes significantly to the country’s status as one of the world’s largest manufacturing nations too – the latest Census data shows that food and drink manufacturing alone employs more than 1.5 million people.

Companies operating within the industry, however, face a unique set of demands that, together, make it particularly challenging to plan and schedule operations effectively.

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Strict regulations
The whole sector is impacted by constantly evolving food safety regulations, as the relevant government bodies strive to keep consumers safe.

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Shelf lives
Supply chain efficiency is vital, with every product having a limited shelf life. Scheduling is made more complex by lengthy supply chains that involve ingredients, packaging and distribution.

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Customer and retailer demands
Operations must run at optimum efficiency to meet retailers’ demand for lower prices. Increasing competition between the biggest stores puts more pressure on manufacturers.

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Fluctuating supplies and demand
Seasonality and dependence on crop yields can cause fluctuations in the availability and quality of raw materials, affecting productivity. Producers must prepare for supply problems, and respond to changing demand throughout the year.

 

This is where LYNQ comes in. We provide a Manufacturing Operations Management solution that addresses the common needs of businesses operating in today’s food and beverage sector.

Smart Manager MOM/MES can help you address the above challenges, and more.

  • Understand product demand quickly and easily, regardless of whether your production is driven by data-fuelled forecasts, actual orders or close stock monitoring
  • Avoid stock-outs and overstocking by using data to determine your precise manufacturing requirements in real time – invaluable when product shelf lives are limited
  • Prevent bottlenecks by establishing an optimum production plan for your factory, based on accurate data
  • Increase supply chain visibility by monitoring each stage closely, with real-time dashboards and status updates for all relevant parties

Our Manufacturing Operations Management solution is already helping food and beverage manufacturers improve their operations to deliver better products more quickly.

Get in touch today to find out more about what our Manufacturing Operations Management solution can do for you.

 

“Technical support was not only very knowledgeable, but both accessible and friendly.”

Food Manufacturer with 200 employees