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Comprehensive, accurate product data provides consumers with the facts they need to make the right choices for their family - and they reward companies that provide the most information with their food dollars and long-term brand loyalty.
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.
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.
Nearly 15 million Americans suffer from some sort of food allergy - gluten intolerance, peanut, pine nut anaphylaxis – that includes 6 million children. Therefore, having a digital product data management system is an absolute must for fast and easy documentation of all rule-consistent product information.
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.
According to the National Institute of Health, U.S. National Library of Medicine, food fraud is a global epidemic. Deceitful practices in the food and beverage industry costs millions of dollars, disrupt the market for a myriad of products, erode consumer confidence in manufacturers and damage the reputation of entire sectors of the industry.
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.
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.
When it comes to managing and designing food product packaging, the seamless calibration of interdepartmental communication is a must. Therefore, investing in a product lifecycle management (PLM) system can be quite beneficial.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Companies in the food and beverage (F&B) industry face the challenge of innovating to meet