Food

Food companies have different complexities and needs depending on the type of products they develop. One of the differentiating factors in food is the concept of shelf life (literally how long a product lasts sitting on shelves before it expires), which characterizes the management of items even within the same company.

 

Therefore, more or less complex management processes can be found depending on whether a product is fresh, extra-fresh, frozen, deep-frozen or dried.

Product packaging can contribute to different management methods, as can the basic ingredients in the recipe.

 

Another distinctive issue for food companies is private labelling, i.e., the production of their own products “rebranded” by other brands, but especially by proprietary brands of large-scale retail chains.

In this regard, manufacturers of bread, cookies, snacks, dry pasta, fresh and/or filled pasta and the dairy sector can be considered, as well as those processing fruits and vegetables, fresh or dried.

Companies that produce pet food, as well as those that produce dietary items and/or meal replacements, can also be included in the food sector.

The forecasting process can be generalized for all food companies, except for fresh and ultra-fresh food companies, which often need daily calculation and analysis. Similarly, inventory management issues (local or distributed) can be characterized by specific rules, because the issue of ingredient expiration emerges as fundamental to the procurement calculation.

 

Long-term scheduling is mainly applied in multi-plant environments, while the short-term process often covers the needs of those companies that serve large-scale retailers on a regular basis: in this way, supply generation can generate directly scheduled orders, on a daily basis or even a weekly basis. Scheduling in the food world covers efficiency needs of kitchens and plants (production and packaging lines that are often integrated).

 

Production execution is specific to process parameter sensing, quality control, ingredient traceability, labelling and very strong integration with logistics – both inbound (e.g. through silos) and outbound (e.g. through integration with AGVs (Automated Guided Vehicles) and automated warehouses).

sedApta covers all the needs of the sector, having significant experience with bakery companies, dry and fresh pasta producers (stuffed and non-stuffed), dairy companies, fruit and vegetable processing (and related packaging), pet food companies, and even those producing dietary products.

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