By Linda Bryan
Chief Executive Officer
Bigger might not be better, but sometimes bigger really can be easier. If, for example, market forces and regulatory agencies require a bundle of added resources to keep up with industry compliance standards, it’s far easier to carry the load if you’re a large operation with deep financial pockets.
Just ask anyone who manages a small- or mid-sized food manufacturing company trying to maximize the value of software for food processors. Food processing companies are saddled with a range of regulatory and traceability requirements the vast majority of businesses never even dream of dealing with—regardless of how large or small the company may be. But that doesn’t mean it’s impossible for small- or mid-sized companies to take full advantage of what software for food processors can offer.
Key Questions to Ask
By answering three questions regulators and managers both want to know, any food manufacturing company can be more competitive, more productive and proactively compliant if they know how to implement—and manage—the right kind of software for food processors.
- Does the food processing software cost too much and make it prohibitive for me? Not if you do it right. In fact, when food safety is involved, you’re far more likely to incur much greater costs if you’re non-compliant than if you can prove you are. Regardless of the regulatory standards in question—GFSI, FSMA, and a host of other compliance schemes—investment costs are soon recouped by fewer inefficiencies, less waste, greater productivity and, more importantly, the ability to sell to larger and more sophisticated buyers.
- Can we achieve our growth objectives if we’re non-compliant? The answer is probably not. Even if you’re a small food processing company that sells to a niche market in a fairly close geographic region, when food is involved, the potential for spoilage, safety hazards and potential illness are dangerously real. Unless you can prove you comply with the same standards that govern all manufacturers, your ability to grow is always going to be hampered.
- What happens if there is a recall? If a recall occurs, you must have transparent access to every ingredient, supplier, lot, process and any other critical component needed to identify and isolate the source of the problem. And by adhering to approved compliance standards and best practices, you’re much more likely to handle a recall proactively and quickly.
So how do you make it all happen without breaking the bank? The answer is to use software for food processors that meets your needs—not someone else’s. Not to mention a consulting and implementation team that knows how to work within pre-determined budget ceilings—and then sticks to it.