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Savvy food and beverage manufacturers know that our industry is constantly reinventing itself. More than 30,000 new products are introduced by food and beverage producers every year. According to the USDA, the new products are primarily snacks, bakery foods, sauces, dressing and condiments. The greatest challenge for manufacturers is to shift quickly to meet consumer demands – while decreasing costs, adding value and empowering enterprise-wide innovation.

Product Data Management 4.0 – these are the trends

With the advancement of the digital transformation, one fundamental assumption has become prevalent: data is the oil of the 21st century. Anyone who manages to collect, read out and use data effectively is well on the way to becoming a sustainable company. For the food industry as well, this means spending more time and money on proper product data management. But PDM is not equal to PDM. Finding the right system can mean a lot of work. First of all, there are some key questions to answer: Which data is relevant? Which data help your own insights, which help the customer / customer? Which data increase the costs of quality management, which lower it? And how can compliance be maintained?

Product Data Management 4.0 – The Importance of Digital Transformation for QM in the Food Industry

Do you know the biggest adversary of digitization? He is white, can weigh tons and usually needs a lot of space. We are talking about paper. Many food companies continue to rely on manual and paper-based data storage and product data management (PDM). This is neither sustainable nor able to meet the requirements of Industry 4.0 and thus Product Data Management 4.0. But it is precisely these digital requirements that are essential for every company that wants to survive in the long term. It's time that PDM evolved into PDM 4.0. What that means, read in this article.

Recycling of packaging waste from the food and beverage industry in Belgium

An old television set carelessly tossed out in the street. Full blue garbage bags are lost in the forest. Cans, plastic bags and other packaging in the middle of a field. People are inspired with limitless ways to dispose of their trash – and it doesn’t seem to matter to them that they are not only destroying the environment, but also risking hefty fines. Proper waste disposal is not only a problem for households, but also for businesses in the food and beverage industry, especially, when they export their products to countries like Belgium.

Celebrating ethics and integrity on National Compliance Officer Day

Many companies choose to hire internal compliance officers or chief ethics officers to fill crucial roles. Compliance team members are not only responsible for company-wide compliance, they are charged with protecting the company from any type of regulatory issues that may arise – quite simply, they make a significant contribution to overall compliance with food and beverage-related regulations.Regulatory compliance involves exemplary attention to detail, fast reaction times and ethical conduct in a constantly changing environment.

Success Stories – PLM best practices

Research, development and design of a new product does not happen overnight…simulations, trials and testing must confirm that the recipe is ready to go to market and has been produced as cost-effectively as possible. Quality, standards, market research and intelligent design are all part of the process – innovation is nearly always collaborative and can be a very challenging proposition.

Safe, accurate labeling with compliance guide and supplier’s guide

Consumer confidence is a manufacturer’s most valuable asset. The best way for consumers to learn about food safety is by reading the label. The accurate end-to-end information that is provided on the label lists all important information related to nutritional values, ingredients, origin, and manufacturer.

Scientific debate around risk assessment of packages with food contact

Urban gardening, open source gardens or a simple vegetable patch in your backyard – the trend is toward do-it-yourself farm-to-table living. Regardless of whether it is the obligatory basil pot, tomato plants on the balcony or a raised garden bed with potatoes, cucumbers, onions and carrots - many people have stopped trusting industrial and mass-produced grocery store goods. Food and beverage manufacturers are facing their greatest challenge - risk assessment of materials that come into contact with food.

A smaller ecological footprint

Most people associate ecological or carbon footprints with lifestyle factors, like carbon dioxide emissions from transportation and the consumption of electricity, water, oil and coal.Food engineers and recipe-based manufacturers who understand the buying habits of consumers know that their consideration of our natural resources and the size of their footprint is a decisive factor for most customers.

Managing Food Safety Data Using LIMS for Food and Beverage Industry

Food and beverage manufacturing is a global endeavor. Products may be manufactured in one facility, but the ingredients going into said products most likely come from around the world, and eventually finished products will end up back in the global marketplace. The nature of a global food supply chain dictates the need for inspection, quality control and safety protocols. The challenge that food and beverage processors face is the need to comply with not only their local regulations around food safety, but also those of the countries to which they sell to.

Centralizing Information Management in the Food and Beverage Industry: A Case for LIMS Applications in Food Safety and Quality Management

Real-time access to and centralization of data is an essential element in any efficient and safe food and beverage processing environment. The challenge faced by many food and beverages processors is the lack of industry-specific technology that tailors to their operational and industry-specific needs. The manual pen-and-paper methods used widely across the industry to keep track of incoming, outgoing and internal operational data is needing to become obsolete due to the pressures from regulators, legislators, and business partners for data traceability, access and accountability.

Compliance in the Food and Beverage Industry

This trend marks the last two years: food and beverage companies that sell their products without packaging. In Germany, there are about 70 companies like these, and the trend is increasing. However, this is still a niche market, as packaging with product information is an important factor for consumers when deciding whether or not to purchase the product. Compliance plays an important role and is key for guaranteeing that the labels and product information meet customer demands. Read more here about meeting compliance and how that benefits manufacturers in the food and beverage industry.

Towards globally uniform blockchain-based PDM/PLM services and solutions

The availability of coherent and uniform data structures remains one of the pressing issues in globalization, effective supply chain utilization, competition and "oversight." The food and beverage industry depends on accurate and timely manufacturing data, which must be increasingly available and accessible on a global level while remaining secure. Additionally, the industry inhibits a strong push toward "traceability" of the specifications, ingredients, sources and processes along the complex supply chain spanning across continents, regulatory regimes and traditions.

The new FDA labeling requirements – Here is how you can meet international standards

If you work as a manufacturer in the food and beverage industry, you know that there is a copious volume of legal guidelines and requirements to adhere to. Particularly in terms of food product labels, specific national and international legislation governs the sale and distribution of goods. This is due to the informed consumer, the driving force in this industry. Whenever dietary habits change, so do product labeling specifications, the most recent example being the enactment of a new US-American Food and Drug Administration (FDA) regulations to come into effect on July 26, 2018, which will necessitate manufacturers to do complete redesign of their labels.

Towards global Food & Beverage PDM security requirements

Just as cyberspace spans across market and regulatory regimes, continents and from island to island, so do vulnerabilities and attacks. In cyberspace, all businesses are in the same boat when it comes to security, yet each is subject to different regulatory requirements. If they could do it today for local markets, to truly benefit from global supply chains and be prepared for possible mergers and acquisitions, it makes a lot of sense for global businesses to ensure that in the least, their product lifecycle management security is aligned with global data security standards.

SaaS or Cloud – Approaching global business regimes for food and beverage companies through distinctive PLM infrastructure options

Security is becoming an increasingly multi-faceted and multi-dimensional concept in global cyberspace. Product data management is a key asset in the manufacturing business, and now, more than ever, in the era of global business supply chain structures in cyberspace, the security of product data and its lifecycle becomes all the more crucial. Outdated border-based security frameworks, strong defenses and internal black-box mechanisms may no longer be able to serve the needs of global businesses. Regulatory complexities, such as recent trade embargo rulings, for example, directly impact global supply chain management of the food and beverage manufacturing sector and their inherent PLM systems.

On the imperialist implications of food and beverage of global blockchain models

Blockchain-based global product lifecycle management systems, together with other cyberspace phenomena, are seeking totalitarian dominance over supply chains, creating a detailed data model product lifecycle starting from before the ingredients existed to well into future potential events, as these events can be predicted based on comprehensive learned and collected data concerning the particular item or its ingredients.

Competitive advantage through ISO 27001 security certification for Master Data Management

According to an ISO27001 Global Report 2016, over half (56%) of the respondents indicated that gaining a competitive advantage was a major motivation for them to acquire certification. SpecPage's ISO27001 certification will definitely be a push for customers to implement SpecPage products and services, including the Product Lifecycle and Data Management (PLM, PDM) software and services. A key fact to point out is that ISO certifications are granted to companies rather than specific products or services.

How to Comply with Food Contact Regulations

Food is seldom safe from contaminants, they can be from human error or hazardous materials. Food contact materials such as cutlery, crockery, cartons, packaging, and kitchen equipment often contain microorganisms and chemicals which can detract from food quality and make it unfit for consumption. When this happens, food fails to meet the requirements set out by global governing bodies in the Food & Beverage industry.

More efficient product development for resource-strapped times

Heal the world and make it a better place. That was pop icon Michael Jackson's vision in 1992. Now, 25 years later, his message is more urgent than ever. After decades and centuries of waste, people are now faced with diminishing natural resources that will eventually be depleted from the planet. This will be a certain demise unless people and industry change their behavior. What do increasing customer demand and product complexity have to do with this issue? Read more in this blog and learn how and why more efficient product development with intelligent software can be a solution to this pressing problem.

Cloud- or SaaS-hosted PLM for the Food & Beverage Industry?

Supply chain security is a hot topic today, and various recent cyberattacks have indeed used vulnerabilities found in supply chain processes and providers to gain entry and access to their main target. Product lifecycle management services and associated tools play a key role as enabler for competition and as a frontline defense to safeguard essential business assets.

GDSN® Initiative – Are you ready to boost your sales and break into the Chinese marketplace?

Alibaba Group was established in 1999 with a mission "to make it easy to do business anywhere." The founders started the Alibaba Group to champion small businesses, in the belief that the Internet would level the playing field by enabling small enterprises to leverage innovation and technology to grow and compete more effectively in the domestic and global economies.

Industry 4.0 – opportunities through new technologies

Food producers are under pressure to meet changing consumer demands and purchasing behavior. At the same time, new products must meet compliance guidelines both on the local and international level. The US-American Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) and the EU’s LMIV represent just two food standards that exist around the world that must be met when trading products globally. To this end, effective data management and seamless documentation of all processes throughout the entire product life cycle must be in place – from research, development, and finally, to the supermarket shelf.

How S/4HANA (ERP) goes hand in hand SpecPDM to make the journey smoother

SAP S/4HANA is an ERP suite and is used to manage financials and reporting processes. These processes basically revolve around activities of accounting, sales forecasting, manufacturing planning and execution, as well as support and shipping logistics. The ERP suite also assists organizations in planning orders and tracking profitability by providing manufacturers with a real-time visualization of their financial status. With an ERP system in place, companies can track orders from receipt to production and delivery in order to gain a better understanding of inventory levels, delivery lead times and production bottlenecks.

How Industry 4.0 is changing the food industry

Placing Industry 4.0 at the forefront of the digital agenda in all manufacturing industries and thereby increasing competitiveness is a matter of course and clearly also applies to the food and beverage industry. Changing consumer behavior and legal regulations, as well as increasing specialization means new challenges for the industry. Even though many manufacturing plants have already automated their processes, there is still often the need for structural integration of a comprehensive data model. The digital integration of plant-wide processes offers innovative solutions in this vein. What Industry 4.0 means for the food and beverage industry, where to tap opportunities and the concrete measures to implement in is the topic of this article.

Integrating PLM/PDM Software into SAP

Nothing beats that fresh taste of an earned drink in the wake of a monotonous day. In any case, when that one most loved drink is out of stock, sheer dissatisfaction sets in quickly. Eckes-Granini, with annual revenue of 900 million Euros, has made it its central goal to guarantee that no client’s thirst is left unquenched. By tapping into its high volume information sources, the German producer and supplier of numerous brands, Granini, Eckes Traubensaft, Pago, Yo, FruchtTiger and Hohes C, amongst others is picking up knowledge of its every day operational coordination, which is instrumental in taking care of customer demand throughout its retail channel. The same holds true for most of the well-known corporations in the world.

PLM: A Key Enabler for Food Label Digitization (Part II) – Challenges and opportunities

For manufacturers, updates and changes to food labeling regulations represent challenges as well as opportunities. They have the opportunity to reinforce customers’ confidence in their brand by reacting to updates swiftly, particularly when the new packaging emphasizes a healthy message. There is also the risk of products seeming less healthy as a result of now mentioning ‘added sugars’ or higher calories, which can drive customers to a rival offering healthier products. The only response is to reformulate products to retain their appeal among consumers.

PLM: A Key Enabler for Food Label Digitization (Part I)

Product lifecycle management (PLM) is a strategic approach that applies a consistent set of business solutions in support of the creative collaboration, management, dissemination and the use of product definition information across the extended enterprise from concept through life – integrating people, processes, business systems, and information.

Managing and Mitigating Risk in The Food & Beverages Industry Using Technology- Enabled Risk Management

The Food & Beverage Industry is one of the most dynamic industries around. Just as in the world of fashion, the food sector too experiences constant evolution. The changing industrial climate makes this industry particularly challenging for manufacturers, suppliers and retailers alike.

The Food & Beverage Industry is Heading Towards Greater Transparency with Green Labels

Consumers today are better informed about product safety and purity than they were a decade ago. Today’s consumers are increasingly conscious about their purchase decisions and are increasingly contentious about only buying food that is safe and healthy.

How to Find Out if an Investment Guarantees a Good ROI

Imagine you wish to invest in a company’s shares today. But before you actually invest your hard earned money into an unknown venture, you decide to evaluate your future returns. These returns can be classified as good or bad depending on both the company’s future performance and the amount you have invested today. If the returns you receive are higher than what you have invested or are planning to invest, then the Return on Investment or ROI is high. However, if the returns you receive are lower than what you invested or intended to invest, the ROI is low.

Gluten Allergy is a Rising Issue in Today’s Society – 10 Innovative Ideas for Product Development

Bread, noodles, cornflakes – imagine a world where you can’t enjoy these tasty treats. This is an everyday reality for people with gluten allergies. Recent research revealed that 1 in every 133 suffers from gluten allergies worldwide, meaning that a large chunk of the world’s population is unable to digest gluten in any form.

How to Improve Your Product Lifecycle Management from Supplier to End-Consumer

Product optimization only yields the best results when there is a focused attempt at controlling the associated costs and quality, from product ideation and onward. This is where product lifecycle management comes into play. By exerting proper controls and by managing all the processes and activities involved in new product development, organizations can ensure that the final product released to market is of high quality and low in cost.

Nutrition Labels – What Customers Want to Know and How Manufacturers Can Ensure Compliance

Consumers have become more conscious about the contents of the products they consume. They want to know what is in the product, when it was manufactured and how long it will remain fresh, the amount of sugar, calories, grams of fat, and whether the food or beverage is genetically modified, natural or organic. How can manufacturers engaging in recipe-based production respond to evolving consumer preferences?

Digitization and Online Distribution of Product Information – publish to GDSN directly from your ERP system

Availability of information in the Food & Beverage industry is extremely important, given the nature of the products that are being manufactured and consumed. In fact, European Union (EU) regulations specify that customers are entitled to access the same information online that is provided to them by retailers when making in-store product purchases. To implement these regulations, companies need to follow a standardized and focused approach when recording and uploading product information online.

Optimizing Product Development in the Food & Beverage Industry

The Food & Beverage industry is growing at an unprecedented rate. With new players entering the arena each day, the need for optimizing product development rises. Companies reap multiple benefits when processes and activities involved in new Product Development and Product Management stages are controlled and made operationally efficient.

Food and Safety – 5 Essentials for Food Specification Management Guaranteeing Food Safety and Exceptional Product Quality

Food safety is a top priority for anyone operating in the Food & Beverage industry. Only when companies consistently provide safe and quality will customers make repeat purchases.Without standardized procedures in place, companies may be unable to control the quality of their end-product. If consumed, these contaminated products will result in the consumer developing a host of health problems. If left unchecked, mistakes in the product manufacturing process can lead to fatalities.

Consistent Product Data Management in the Food and Beverages Industry

Ensuring product quality is one of the most important activities that businesses need to engage in. The first step here is to ensure that there is consistent reporting of all processes followed and all materials used. Data management is useful in keeping all product-related records up-to-date.

Don’t Let Compliance Regulations Become an Issue within the Lifecycle of Your Product

In the Food & Beverages industry, compliance is of extreme importance because of the nature of the products manufactured. Food and beverages directly affect the health of the consumer. Businesses have a moral obligation to be aware of what goes into the production and sale of the products.

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