Xentral: The ERP for food

Do you want to scale your food business? Xentral fulfills all the requirements of an ERP for food - and can do much more.

Requirements for a food ERP

Best before date

Alongside the ingredients, the best-before date is one of the most important pieces of consumer information in the food industry. After all, it must be clear at all times how long your food and/or drinks can still be enjoyed. The problem is that the best-before date changes constantly during production. ERP solutions for food must therefore be able to determine the best-before date and pass the data on to label printers or similar.
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Batch tracking

Companies in the food industry are legally obliged to ensure that their products can be traced back to their origin. This applies to all items that are processed, produced and distributed by your company.
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Batch formation

The worst-case scenario: an allergen or another substance that is not permitted according to the declaration creeps in during production. Now you have to withdraw the affected product batches from circulation. To be able to identify these at all, your ERP should be capable of batch formation. Otherwise, you would have to remove all units of the product in question from the market - this function is vital for companies in the food industry in the event of an emergency.
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Bio certification

Strict regulations also apply to the sale of organic products. For example, organic-certified items and non-organic products must be stored separately. Compliance with all regulations must be documented in the ERP and be immediately available for inspection.
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Single Point of Truth

In addition to industry-specific challenges, start-ups in the food & beverage sector also have to contend with typical problems faced by young companies. These include independent stand-alone solutions that make cross-divisional communication extremely difficult. Your ERP software should therefore bring together all company strands and represent a single point of truth.
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Cloud solution

Start-ups often do not have the necessary IT infrastructure to host their ERP system locally. If this is the case for you, you should opt for a cloud ERP instead of an on-premise system. This is hosted by the provider and regularly supplied with updates.
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The food business is booming - but is also strictly regulated

The food industry is conquering e-commerce. More and more food start-ups are succeeding in exploiting the advantages of online retail. Brands are telling their brand stories on social media and with the help of modern, visually appealing online stores. These are usually about sustainable production, healthy ingredients, transparency and social awareness. In doing so, companies are following ongoing consumer trends that are moving from very price-conscious consumer behavior to a desire for high product quality and a strong need for information.

However, before the business with trendy food and drinks can flourish, food start-ups face a number of challenges. The food industry is heavily regulated, and rightly so. A mature tech stack is needed so that young companies in particular can meet the requirements of legislation and regulatory authorities straight away. Xentral has made a name for itself as an ERP for food. Find out why here.

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