Organic Valley Streamlines Business Processes

Ag company deploys ERP system from Infor across 50 U.S. manufacturing facilities

Ag company deploys ERP system from Infor across 50 U.S. manufacturing facilities

Atlanta, GA — April 1, 2005 — Organic Valley Family of Farms has implemented an enterprise resource planning (ERP) solution from Infor in a move to streamline business functions and enterprise data across 50 manufacturing facilities throughout the United States.

Headquartered in LaFarge, Wis., Organic Valley brings together 689 farmers in 20 states producing 130 different organic products, including milk, cheese, butter, juice and meats that are sold in food cooperatives, natural foods stores and supermarkets throughout the country.

The company implemented Infor's Adage ERP, from the provider's Process Essentials Suite, designed to solve the business problems of food, beverage, chemical and other process manufacturers.

Meeting Industry Requirements

Infor said that Adage ERP, which took only nine months to fully implement at Organic Valley, is providing the company with industry-specific capabilities such as quality control and lot tracking, item-pack management, costing, formula management and enhanced pricing and promotions capabilities.

In addition, Organic Valley is using Infor's Transaction Event Engine (TEE) to integrate the company's preferred electronic data interchange (EDI) solution with Adage ERP, enabling more efficient exchanges with its trading partners.

"Having been live with Infor Adage ERP for just over a month, we are already seeing significant benefits in being able to track data more effectively throughout our entire organization," said George Neill, director of information technology at Organic Valley. "The functionality Infor provides is phenomenal in meeting our organic industry requirements, and the team of dedicated implementation professionals from Infor really understood our business and helped us take advantage of all the product has to offer."

"The success of our Infor ERP implementation is a critical step in our overall vision to better manage the complexities of our push supply chain," said Louise Hemstead, chief operating officer at Organic Valley. "In addition, we are also in the process of implementing demand and supply planning models using Infor Demand Planning and are building a model with Infor Advanced Planning to enable constraint optimization, which will allow us to better balance supply and demand."