Food Industry Challenges 2020: How bcFood Can Help

On top of already existing strict regulations and production hurdles, the food manufacturing industry faces a set of new challenges in the spotlight of a recent coronavirus outbreak. Food safety, traceability, and transparency will now be incremental for manufacturers who want to keep their business afloat.

Both food distributors and customers are already becoming more demanding when it comes to the quality of the products they’re buying. They want to know the food is safe, free of allergens and pesticides, and where exactly it comes from. 

If you want your food manufacturing business to run smoothly in times of economic uncertainty and fierce competition, you should leverage the power of technology and real-time data. Investing in an enterprise resource planning system will help you grow your company’s efficiency, accountability, and safety. 

So, let’s explore the top challenges in the food manufacturing industry, and how bcFood can help overcome them in 2020. 

End-to-End Traceability 

Right now, consumers are interested in what goes in there food and where it comes from more than ever. That’s why the ingredient labeling has become one of the most critical stages of food packaging. It might sound simple, yet, it’s a big challenge for any food manufacturer. Without having accurate data records and spot-on supply chain management, it’s hard, if not impossible at all, to track both food origin and quality. 

How bcFood’s ERP solution can help you meet this consumer demand

bcFood’s Advanced Lot Management feature will let you easily track the movement of items through the supply chain and perform quality testing. Plus, due to the increased number of product recalls because of the current situation, it’s essential to have a system that would help you execute them quickly and avoid money losses. 

Enhanced Inventory Management

If not for the limited shelf time of food products, we wouldn’t be discussing this right now. Yet, it’ll still remain one of the significant food industry challenges in 2020. In fact, the food pathogen testing market is predicted to exceed 850 million tests by 2024. Since foodborne bacteria can affect both consumers’ health and your business reputation, it’s critical to implement proper measures to fight this problem. It means that your food manufacturing company needs advanced inventory management software to help you tackle this problem. 

How you can leverage bcFood’s ERP to overcome this challenge

bcFood’s mobile warehouse management system (WMS) allows you to use handheld mobile units with barcode scanners to interact with your ERP system. Not only cuts it the old-school paper-based data entry but also eliminates errors. Our integration with bcMobile will bring mobility to your warehouse and provide you with a real-time picture of your inventory. 2020 is high time to trade a paper-based system for handheld mobile devices with barcode scanning functionality, isn’t it? 

Regulations and Quality Control

Whether you like it or not, FDA, EPA, OSHA, and FTC will keep on making food regulations stricter. That’s why, as a food manufacturer, you have to obey these norms and ensure you maintain a hygienic manufacturing environment and produce healthy products with accurate labels. Often, not keeping up with the latest regulations leads to multiple recalls and budget damages. So, if you want to avoid that, you have to keep all your business operations as accurate as possible. 

How bcFood’s ERP solution can help you ensure your products meet all the required standards

Our Quality Assurance and Quality Control systems will eliminate any mistakes or defects in your products as well as prevent the ones with defects from being released for use. When it comes to establishing airtight control standards, there’s no hit or miss. With bcFood’s ERP, you’ll be able to record every single quality testing activity that takes place in your company and use the historical data to prevent future regulatory issues. 

Food Allergen Labeling

For years, the Food Allergen Labeling And Consumer Protection Act has required food manufacturers to display all the main allergens, and it won’t change any time soon. Consumers are now more concerned about the healthiness and safety of the products they buy, and the demand for such “healthy-labeled” products will only grow. That’s why food manufacturers have no choice but to prove that their products are of high quality and made with natural ingredients.

How bcFood can contribute to solving this problem

bcFood’s Item Allergens feature will help you keep track of the item allergens that go into the products you manufacture. With our software, you can indicate which items in your inventory contain allergens (e.g., dairy, wheat, and shellfish) to ensure safety and compliance. Also, you’ll be able to group production activities by allergen type and then schedule them to specially-designated allergen lines. With unlimited setup options, bcFood gives you a chance to meet all the necessary regulatory requirements and make sure your consumers are safe.

Recipe Management

Strict control over recipes and formulas has always been one of the main concerns of food manufacturing companies. No one wants to have issues with tempered recipes and, as a result, unsatisfied consumers. Also, with the nation shifting to the healthier consumption culture, companies have to keep up with the demand and experiment with a variety of new recipes. It might mean getting more raw materials and establishing new connections with growers. So, how food manufacturing business can do it without spending tons of time and money?

How bcFood’s ERP solution can help you satisfy consumer demand?

bcFood expands upon the existing production functionality by giving you the ability to set up recipe and packaging bills of material (BOMs). It’ll help you define recipes according to standard batch sizes. Then you can enter contents as percentages of the total batch, making it easy to adjust and scale bills of material. You’ll also have a chance to scale up new recipes without interrupting the execution of the current ones. 

More Health-Consciousness Consumers

With the increasing amount of food-related diseases and various disorders, consumers started paying more attention to their dietary habits. That’s why the demand for organic food products with no added preservatives is growing every day. As a food manufacturer, you might need to join the trend and start producing new nutrient-dense products, labeled ‘gluten-free’, ‘dairy-free’, ‘sugar-free’, ‘fat-free’, and so on. However, labeling products are only a small part of a challenge. The main one is getting hold of more organic ingredients and making new products taste good without using any harmful add-ons. 

How bcFood’s ERP solution can help you create new-generation products?

If you’re a big food manufacturing enterprise, you know that dealing with multiple growers and keeping all the vital documentation can be quite a challenge. bcFood’s Grower Management allows you to set up all of the growers with whom you do business. Once you define your growers, you can use these records in related features such as commodity contracts and receipts. It gives you a chance to quickly establish relationships with new growers and expand your production without the hassle of bureaucracy. This feature also allows you to process activities in a way that reflects the realities of your business.

Complex Trade Management

With the new regulations being introduced every year and the current state of our economy, food trading will only become more demanding. Moreover, often, trade plans are multi-level schemes that require precise monitoring and constant updates. Trade agreements include variable prices, discounts, promotions, rebates, broker commissions and payables, royalties, and bill-backs. That’s why keeping track of all the changes is quite a complicated process. And trading in 2020 might become even more of a challenge in the food manufacturing industry. 

How bcFood can help you alleviate your trade management process

Our Trade Management enables you to handle your trade agreements with customers and vendors, and keep all of them in one digital place. bcFood takes the complexity out of pricing, markup, and discount setup with simple trade management tools that allow you to implement all your pricing structures quickly. Using bcFood’s trade plan setup, you can gather claims from transactions, then periodically pay them out to the recipients you identify.

Final Thoughts

The food manufacturing industry is going to face quite a few challenges in the near future. They include ensuring new safety regulations and compliance, establishing transparent product traceability, implementing more robust inventory control, and producing more eco-friendly products. Thus, food manufacturers have to take advantage of technology to be able to keep up with the needs of the modern world and more health-oriented consumers. 

Overcoming these challenges might seem like a mission that cannot be accomplished. However, with the proper ERP software, food manufacturers stand a good chance of winning today’s marketplace and getting their innovative products in front of their customers as soon as possible. 

If you strive to grow your food manufacturing business and beat your competitors, we can help you implement new technologies by leveraging our powerful ERP solution. Contact us today, and a member of our team will help you get started.