Dutch Seafood Producer Hooks New ERP, Supply Chain Solutions

Foppen Eel and Salmon looks to improve production, support company growth with Ross applications

Foppen Eel and Salmon looks to improve production, support company growth with Ross applications

Atlanta — August 1, 2005 — The largest producer of eel and salmon products in the Netherlands has selected enterprise resource planning (ERP) and supply chain solutions from Ross Systems as part of an initiative to improve its manufacturing processes, support overall growth and comply with food safety regulations.

Foppen Eel and Salmon specializes in the development, production and sales of a range of eel and salmon delicacies. The company sells branded and private-label products to retailers, wholesalers, catering services and industrial enterprises in the Netherlands and internationally.

Over the past few years, the company has grown rapidly and built an additional manufacturing facility to support order volume. The modernized building separates production lines into eel and salmon and is designed to adhere to food safety, hygienic regulations and environmental regulations, specifically Hazard Analysis Critical Control Point (HACCP) and British Retail Consortium (BRC) regulations.

To manage these new state-of-the-art operations and adhere to food safety compliance regulations, Foppen chose to standardize on Ross' iRenaissance ERP system.

"To maintain our leadership position, we needed an integrated business system to ensure our manufacturing processes were working at optimal levels," said Evert Malestein for Foppen. "Ross provided just this." He also cited Ross' experience in the food industry as a factor in the enabler's selection.

Ross said that standardizing on iRenaissance would allow Foppen to integrate production, logistics, administrative and financial processes. It also provides an operational system of record that supports bidirectional lot tracing and accurate product labeling.

Foppen has begun implementation and expects to complete the project by year end 2005. The company expects the payoff from the investment to come in the form of improved supply chain management, distribution and logistics capabilities and better support for future technology initiatives like radio frequency identification (RFID).

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