I’ve written before in this space about the challenges food and beverage companies face, as well as the benefitsdigital transformationoffers. Of all the difficulties manufacturers face – shrinking margins, increasing regulatory burdens and limited budgets – perhaps the most challenging is rapidly shifting consumer demand. As the population has aged and urbanized, their consumption habits have evolved accordingly.
In addition, consumers are growing more health-conscious, leading to increasing demand for healthier and more complex product variations (i.e. low-sodium, gluten-free, low-sugar etc.). On the packaging front there is also a competitive need to rapidly introduce packaging variations for marketing opportunities like major sports events, as food and beverage manufacturers have become increasingly customer facing. The same rigor in quality and labeling needs to be applied to ensure the safety and satisfaction of the consumer.
In order to remain competitive in this market, companies need to be able to effectively manage more product variations.Digital recipe managementis a critical tool enabling food and beverage companies to manufacture finished goods with the needed agility.
Digital recipe management allows food and beverage companies to improve agility by successfully managing flexible, multi-stream and multi-product operations.Advanced recipe managementsolutions enable the simplification of recipe optimization, deployment, adaption and execution in manufacturing operations. Managing more production and packaging variations with reliable quality consistency allows food and beverage manufacturers to be increasingly responsive to consumers and reduce time to market.
In addition,automated batch processes allow companies to discover new operational efficiencies, standardizing changeover processes to reduce machine setup and changeover time. Automatic electronic record-keeping allows users to capture the ideal batch configuration and tune recipes to reproduce optimal setup for maximized plant performance. Reduced equipment idle time allows an increase in overall asset utilization, leading to increased operational performance and throughput.
Secure Consistency in Product Quality
As important as improving manufacturing flexibility is, it’s critical that companies do not sacrifice quality in the process. Digitally-connected consumers respond instantly to any regulatory violation or drop in quality, so maintaining high standards is important. Digital recipe and batch management enables companies to ensure product quality by automating batch processes to deliver consistent quality to recipe specifications.
Digital batch management also provides a complete recipe genealogy and history, enabling end-to-end traceability for improved regulatory compliance. As an example, F&N Dairies, one of the largest dairy companies in Southeast Asia, digitized their batch management to improve product quality and regulatory compliance,reducing traceability timefrom four hours to one minute.
Meet Shifting Market Demands
As consumer demands grow more and more variable, digital recipe management enables food and beverage manufacturers to stay competitive. To learn more about the benefits of recipe management, join our webinar “Digitizing Recipe and Batch Management.”
What are some of the benefits you have seen from digital recipe management? Let us know your thoughts in the comment section.