Consultancy Targets Issues Facing Food Manufacturers

As bioterrorism, RFID and other challenges loom, Parity Consulting offers solutions to companies in the food supply chain

As bioterrorism, RFID and other challenges loom, Parity Consulting offers solutions to companies in the food supply chain

Bothell, WA — December 9, 2004 — Bioterrorism, radio frequency identification (RFID), food safety and food-borne illnesses are a small fraction of the topics causing headaches for food manufacturers in a day and age when the need to streamline and reduce costs competes with the imperative to improve quality and accuracy.

With these and other challenges in mind, food industry software provider Parity Corporation has launched a new consulting business to offer solutions for manufacturers in the food supply chain.

For a number of years now, Parity Consulting has been accumulating expertise in food processing automation and business systems integration through support of its parent company's implementations of the Parity Enterprise resource planning system.

Now Parity Corporation said it is taking the services side of its business beyond merely implementing and supporting to addressing the overall needs of food manufacturers. "Many companies are not using the available tools to their full advantage," said Tom Williams, vice president of Parity Consulting. "We help them use the newest technology available to improve how their company runs."

Parity Consulting's services include network upgrades, custom business intelligence, process automation (including supply chain execution management), system integration and ERP review. Other services include project management, network IT infrastructure evaluation and recommendation, custom programming and software design, and network and data security evaluation and recommendation.

Parity said its consulting team includes experts in the food industry working with cutting-edge technology and business management solutions. "We are out there everyday learning about the companies we work with," said Williams. "We know their operations almost as well as they do."

Brad Garrard, controller with Parity customer Heartland Catfish, estimates his company is saving well over $1 million each year as a result of Parity Consulting's suggestions to implement grower accounting software and make internal policy changes.

"They have certainly gone above and beyond the call of duty, working outside their scope and pitching in on whatever tasks are necessary to lead us toward a successful transition," said Peter Buck, vice president of finance at Cooke Aquaculture, another Parity client. "I believe we are putting in place the best information systems in the East Coast aquaculture industry. This will serve us well and be a competitive advantage for us."