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Sanderson food manufacturing software has transformed the way Newly Weds Foods supplies coatings to household-name manufacturers of poultry, seafood and vegetable products.

Food MRP Case Study - Newly Weds Foods (Banbury)

Summary:

Newly Weds Foods (Banbury) uses Sanderson food manufacturing software to supply coatings to household-name manufacturers of poultry, seafood and vegetable products.

The business brief:

In the face of rising order levels, Newly Weds Foods (Banbury) needed an effective MRP platform to help increase business efficiency. As sales volumes increased, the Newly Weds Foods team found they were spending too much of their planning time doing paperwork.

Our strategy:

John Butcher, Manufacturing Systems Manager, explains how Sanderson food software helped by eliminating costly mixing errors on the factory floor:

"Factory floor data capture has enabled us to eliminate errors that would previously go undetected because, essentially, it’s impossible for the operator to make a mistake.

“Instances when products were mixed incorrectly have been eliminated.

“Every mistake leads to wasted materials, time and effort, so if you convert that to financials, I’ve no doubt it’s made a significant saving."

The Sanderson software has also helped Newly Weds Foods (Banbury) gain complete control of despatch in the warehouse.

"Before, we might send out five tonnes of a product, but the paperwork said 5.5 tonnes. There were a lot of discrepancies like that. We used to raise 20, 30 or even 40 credit notes every month for short deliveries”, says John.

“These have been eliminated - and that is purely down to the robustness of the Sanderson food manufacturing system. It has bought us complete confidence in the data; we’ve been able to eliminate mistakes from our processes.”

The Sanderson food ERP system has allowed more effective decisions to be taken by making accurate business data available immediately.

"We have exact times from the factory floor, we have precise quantities, we have accurate timings and we can report on all this within just a few minutes. The ability to draw on data, almost instantaneously, has been a huge advantage to us.

“I have never asked the system a question that it’s not been able to answer. As a business, we’ve been able to make decisions quickly and confidently because of the visibility we have from the Sanderson system."

Bryan Day, European Operations Director, comments on the business benefits of Sanderson software for improving stock control and customer service:

"The Sanderson system gives us a greater degree of control over Finished Goods stock levels, which ensures that we achieve our targeted customer service levels, without carrying excessive stocks or any last minute panics that could have a knock on effect with other customers.”

The results:

Bryan went on to say, “The Sanderson system is also giving a financial payback. Activity on planning production has reduced from two people working 10 hours a day to one person working 4 – 6 hours. In having such good control of stocks, we have minimised the working capital tied up in the business.”

John concurs: "There’s no way we could manage the order levels we have today without the strong MRP functions of the food manufacturing software from Sanderson. It meets our needs perfectly. It reversed the planning role from 80% administration to 80% planning, reducing administration to just 20%.

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“There's no way we could manage the order levels we have today without the strong MRP functions of the food manufacturing software from Sanderson.”

 

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