Food waste is without a doubt a worldwide environmental, economic and societal problem as the entire planet is bearing the burden of lost and wasted food. The lifecycle of food begins in farms, where it’s grown and harvested from the land of the sea. It then continues its journey through the production processes, handling, storage, distribution and consumption. Throughout this food cycle, losses and wastages occur, at farms, processing plants, distribution centers, all the way to the supermarkets. How can food companies prevent such a massive food waste?
Some of the main drivers of food waste are manufacturing, wholesale and retail companies. Over-production resulting from pressure to meet contractual requirements, in combination with damaged goods and cheap disposal alternatives lead to food waste. Wholesaler and retailer food waste drivers include temperature changes that lead to spoilage, and the ever increasing aesthetic standards expected by both consumers and retailers. Packaging defect can also make produce unfit for sale. Over supply and overstocking due to poor planning and excess surplus are impacting the amount of food wasted by manufacturing companies.
The right food processing ERP suite can facilitate food waste reduction efforts. Both distributors and food manufactures need to consider ERP solutions to help reduce food waste. Results of various sources point to the huge impact of food waste that occurs at different stages of the food production journey, from production to distribution, resale and finally to the end-consumer. Food companies need to make the shift from mass-production to smart-production by re-evaluating the way food is being produced in the food supply chain. By adopting a food focused ERP, companies have the benefit of:
The right ERP software suite focused on food manufacturing processes can enable your organization to go one step forward towards zero food waste. By reducing purchasing costs, producing more finished product, while reducing overstocking and streamlining business processes, profit is ensured.
World Biogas Asociation, Ecowatch, Rabobank, AdvocayGroup.
An ERP software suite focused on food manufacturing processes can enable your organization to go one step forward towards zero food waste.