Process manufacturers in the food and beverage industry have unique workflows compared to manufacturers in other sectors. One example is additional legal requirements for food safety, making product traceability essential. While smaller food manufacturers can manage with spreadsheets for some time, this becomes more complicated as they grow or during periods of high demand for several reasons.
For starters, spreadsheets are error-prone and make traceability and quality management tricky. One typo or failure to update a spreadsheet can have heavy consequences, and it only takes one untraceable faulty ingredient batch to inflate your costs dramatically.
Without the right data to trace a faulty batch, you would need to recall all your products, resulting in higher production costs and upset customers, potentially damaging your business’ reputation.