Food and beverage, cosmetic and retail industries

Challenges for PLM in the food industry

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  • October 10, 2014

The following are few of the questions that professionals in the food industry or food service may ask when they do not have a PLM:

question without PLM

  • How to create a new recipe from an existing one?
  • How to generate ingredients lists in many languages?
  • How to track my products (including biological and geographical origins)?
  • How to be sure my labeling complies with current regulations (USDA, FDA, INCO)
  • How to better adapt to new regulations?
  • How to benefit from a global vision of my projects?
  • How to ease collaboration with my suppliers?
  • How to automatically calculate costs and risks while developing a new recipe?
  • How to generate versions?
  • What is the point of gathering information?

These questions are best answered by the use of a PLM.

A PLM suite:

Facilitates NPD

It is easier for large food companies and their teams to develop new products, by developing a new recipe from an existing one through template use, and also to immediately know if costs and risks match the new products requirements.

Facilitates labeling

Labeling is automatically generated from the formulation tool in as many languages as defined initially. Ingredient lists, nutritional values and other labeling requirements are easily checked by R&D and quality teams (FDA, USDA, INCO). Marketing is also able to generate a print proof and share it with external printers though the PLM, speeding up the packaging development process.

Facilitates traceability

To ensure product quality, regulatory compliance and traceability, R&D teams need to manage, monitor and maintain a large amount of data. Products and versions are stored in a single repository, creating a single version of the truth. Quality teams are able to track any raw material, semi-finished or finished product. This feature is particularly useful in case of audit and recalls.

Facilitates awareness of financial, brand image and regulatory risks

Having a global and strategic view is important to better manage potential financial, brand image or regulatory risks related to the product management.

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