You only need to cast your mind back to February 2015, when dozens of Australians contracted hepatitis A from contaminated frozen berries from China, and another suspected outbreak again in June 2017, to remind yourself of how high the stakes are in the Food and Beverage industry. An adverse event could spell disaster for any company not implementing adequate HACCP systems, to say nothing of the pain and hardship experienced by potential victims and their families.
For businesses in a challenging industry, compliance can seem like a major headache. There are already multiple layers of regulations to follow, not to mention the intimidating complexities associated with intricate supply chain, production and inventory management. Add into this mix the tight margins in an exceptionally competitive industry, and we have some idea of the stress and pressure facing business managers.
Every company faces a unique set of challenges when implementing HACCP effectively. An imperfectly implemented plan can, in some cases, be as bad as no HACCP plan at all. It is not something which can have a simple process implemented to try to ‘check’ a box then proceed with business as usual.
Every critical control point needs to be carefully managed, monitored and optimised to ensure full control of quality and safety for every ingredient, process and finished product. For a large proportion of producers, the obstacles fall into three broad categories. Today we will look at these and ascertain how an ERP system can assist you in smoothing over the bumps in the road:
Problem 1: Lack of Expertise
Not every business in the Food and Beverage Industry has a qualified HACCP expert in their ranks. For small to medium-sized producers, the cost of employing a dedicated person is often prohibitive, and the time and effort required to train existing staff adequately can divert scarce resources away from productive activities. With resources and margins already pushed to the edge, many may feel that this is an expenditure of funds and resources they can ill afford.
Leverage the expertise of a software consultant partner with a reputation for delivering systems to the Food and Beverage industry and experienced in handling the practicalities of implementing processes and procedures to comply with HACCP requirements.
Problem 2: Prohibitive Cost
Effective implementation can be a huge financial drain on businesses that are battling hard to maintain profitability in a demanding industry. This apparently unaffordable diversion of funds and resources needs to be weighed against the devastating cost of an adverse event. Many businesses grapple with the difficulties inherent in staying compliant while maintaining a healthy bottom line.
The real question is not what your ERP will cost you, but what will be the cost of not automating, and continuing to manage all your processes manually? Manual processes will cost you far more in the long-run and leave your processes at far greater exposure to human error. Tailored ERP modules for the food and beverage industry will automate processes that would otherwise take hours of your staff’s time and resources. This adds up to real dollars. Over time, the return on your investment will be beyond question.
Problem 3: Complexity
Different food categories require vastly different manufacturing techniques, each with their unique set of risks and health concerns. The critical control points for the meat production will be vastly different to those for a juice manufacturer and so on. Correspondingly, far from being a single, unified set of guidelines, HACCP requirements vary markedly depending on the product being manufactured. For producers with an extensive product range, keeping track of the HACCP requirements for each product can be difficult.
Create processes within a software system, such as an ERP Solution, which can be consistently completed by each member of staff. A quality control system, if effectively implemented will store the specific information required for the various product lines and the parameters to allow a ‘pass’, then send the results to a selected manager. Adding an alert system over the top of this, to notify pre-selected team members in the case of an event, involves higher levels of management at critical times to ensure procedures are followed every time.
Your business is complex. It deserves the high level of understanding Endeavour Solutions have developed in implementing and maintaining ERP systems for the Food and Beverage Industry. This experience ensures you will get the right system to meet your unique requirements across your full product line.
Talk to us today on 1300 583 097 about how Endeavour can help you reach compliancy and gain efficiencies to potentially save you thousands.