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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:

PLM in the food industry – 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.

PLM in the food industry- 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.

PLM in the food industry – 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.

PLM in the food industry- 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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