Cedar Bay has purchased a significant stake in Antalis Consulting to support it’s strategy to sell, implement and support world leading IFS Cloud Solutions globally. As a result, Antalis Consulting will be renamed ‘Cedar Bay Ibérica’ and continue to operate from their Spanish and Portuguese offices in Madrid and Porto. Cedar Bay Iberica’s mission as part of this is to accelerate their growth in Ibérica markets and Latin America.

Roger Teagle CEO and Founder of Cedar Bay is pleased to be able to share this announcement, «this is a significant step forward for Cedar Bay to grow our footprint and allow us to support larger and more complex multi-national implementations. Antalis has a great reputation across Spain and Portugal and they have worked on some very significant multinational projects with IFS. Their experience and skills are a very valuable addition to the Cedar Bay family.»

Gustavo Brito, Director Antalis commented, «Cedar Bay has been very successful over their long history in the IFS marketplace and it is great to be part of this organisation. As part of a bigger group it provides many opportunities for us to expand what we can deliver to our Portuguese and Spanish customers and support Cedar Bay in their ambitious growth plans.»

 

About Cedar Bay

Cedar Bay have partnered with IFS since 2011, having been recognised as a finalist multiple times in the annual Partner of the Year Awards. Winning IFS Solutions Partner of the Year Award in 2021 and IFS Innovative Partner of the Year in 2022 , Cedar Bay are well recognised partners within the community. Cedar Bay provides all forms of IFS services, hosting and support as well as their world class fully integrated data capture solution ‘CB Digital Factory’ to customers around the world.

About Antalis Consulting

Antalis Consulting was started by Gustavo Brito and Luis Llopis, who have a long history of involvement with IFS. Luis started IFS Spain in 1999 as MD and Gustavo, that started in IFS Brazil on 1997, and being MD of IFS Ibérica from 2013 to 2019. They have built their reputation quickly as both a local provider of IFS services and support in Ibérica and on multinational IFS projects.

Cedar Bay have welcomed Jones Food Company to the IFS community. On their way to implementing IFS Cloud to support their anticipated growth, Jones Food Company are utilising modern ERP to help them on their journey.

Jones Food Company have a vision for the future. They’re taking a farming approach that doesn’t require vast spaces of land and acres of rolling hills. Welcome to the future of farming, where fresh produce is grown inside, all year round.

Jones Food Company (JFC) builds world-scale vertical farms, growing the freshest produce in a sustainable way in order to feed our future locally and affordably.

Post COP26 all attention has been drawn to sustainability. How can different industries do their bit to look after the environment? What can the farming industry do to help protect the planet for future generations?

Vertical farming has the potential to play an integral role in producing food in a sustainable, consistent way. With zero pesticides, 95% less water and a year-round harvest, vertical farming offers a sustainable approach for the future.

With land becoming a scarce resource in the UK, increasing farming potential becomes difficult. Yet, that barrier is removed when you move that production inside. Food mileage isn’t only a sustainability concern, but a consumer demand. When you transport an item from remote farms, or internationally, your road miles and air miles soon add up. Vertical farming offers the chance to grow closer to cities and towns, shorting supply chains significantly.

Further showcasing vertical farming and it’s sustainable nature, Jones Food Company rely on renewable power. Vertical farms can utilise renewable energy to grow crops, currently JFC1 uses solar energy to provide ~15% of it’s power requirements – to be 100% in the near future.

Jones Food Company have strong predictions for the future, predicting that up to 70% of the UK’s fresh produce could be met by vertical farming in the next ten years. This is a true step into a sustainable approach that has strong potential to change the way in which we eat. A healthier, more sustainable diet lies ahead.

Technology is key to supporting manufacturing and produce companies as they tackle sustainability. Jones Food Company have partnered with Cedar Bay to implement IFS Cloud. IFS Cloud will support Jones Food Company on their growth journey, as they develop more vertical farms across the UK and strive to increase the level of vertical farming that the UK has to offer.

The Cedar Bay team recently supported a technical upgrade from IFS Applications 7.5 to IFS Cloud, the latest version of IFS, for a customer that operates in the advanced ceramic components industry.

As a growing organisation, the customer recognised the need to have a modern ERP solution that supported their current business needs and anticipated growth. Their IFS Applications 7.5 solution was heavily customised, with several bespoke amendments. They recognised the need for a modern platform to support their current business needs.

The IFS Cloud project was successfully completed under budget. The team is excited to see the improved productivity and efficiency provided by IFS Cloud. As an easy to use and simple to tailor platform, the solution will continue to support the business as they develop further. Jo Rosser, Sales Manager at Cedar Bay, commented on the project, “Cedar Bay are really proud to have been involved in one of the first IFS Cloud projects, it’s been a great team effort from all those involved upgrading the client to IFS Cloud.”

We’re really excited for the first IFS Cloud go-live. The team here are looking forward to seeing more customers implement and upgrade to IFS Cloud.

About Cedar Bay

Cedar Bay is an IFS Gold Channel Partner, with years of experience implementing large scale ERP solutions. Las asociaciones a largo plazo con nuestros clientes son fundamentales para nuestro negocio. We pride ourselves on understanding your business and your specific needs and objectives to deliver the right solution to your business efficiently. Cedar Bay’s services and products help customers overcome challenges or limitations their business may be facing.

For more information, please visit our website – www.cedar-bay.com.

Alternatively, you can contact us at info@cedar-bay.com or 01242 304244.

 

Cedar Bay are pleased to announce that we are now a part of the IFS Partner Success programme. This ensures that we are in a position to deliver the very best service and expertise to our customers, helping to support their growth and success and maximise the value from IFS.

What is does this mean?

IFS Partner Success provides Cedar Bay with access to personalised support and access to high level IFS resources to support and strengthen our ability to deliver IFS solutions to our customers.

Why did we join IFS Partner Success?

“We are excited to be a part of IFS Partner Success. This is key to developing our relationship with IFS and we see it as optimum way of ensuring that we are delivering the very best service to our customers. This investment will enable us to further support customers with the right resources exactly when and where they’re needed”- Roger Teagle, CEO & Founder, Cedar Bay

About Cedar Bay

Cedar Bay is an IFS Gold Channel Partner, with years of experience implementing large scale ERP solutions. Las asociaciones a largo plazo con nuestros clientes son fundamentales para nuestro negocio. We pride ourselves on understanding your business and your specific needs and objectives to deliver the right solution to your business efficiently. Cedar Bay’s services and products help customers overcome challenges or limitations their business may be facing. For more information, please visit our website – www.cedar-bay.com. Alternatively, you can contact us at info@cedar-bay.com or 01242 304244.

The food production industry has made great strides in supporting the growing demand for balanced diets in the UK. With the average shopping basket including less and less calories, sugars and salt, the public are starting to take their health seriously. From a production point of view, producers must start to get much more closely involved in public health issues, to support the need for a healthier population.

For example, in 2019 one of our customers Mademoiselle Desserts removed around 32 tons of sugar from their range and have been focusing on using less salt, sugar and fat whilst preserving flavours and textures.

Being mindful that consumers are looking for more nutritional products on the supermarket shelves, food producers are continuously looking to develop innovative approaches to products and product development. However, it’s not all about the innovative ideas. Supporting the innovation within your business with the right ERP solution, can help you manage that process far more effectively.

Recipe Development

From healthy snacks and ready-to-go meals, driven by busy lifestyles, the demands from the consumer are ever-changing. Food and beverage manufacturers must improve operational efficiencies and update their processes to be able to respond quickly to market trends. Competition when it comes to ‘health brands’ can be fierce and being able to better compete with new entrants to the market who specialise in these trends can be tough.

Responding to market changes like these quickly and effectively can be made easier with the right ERP solution. ERP platforms can support you in formulating new products and recipes to meet evolving customer requirements and trends. Not only that but you can gain greater control with recipe management, making new product development a far smoother process.

Transparency

Beyond the label matters. A greater demand for healthier food products, has been coupled with desire for more knowledge about the food that people are consuming. People want to know how a product has been produced and where products have come from. People want to purchase honest, responsible products, that are not only better for the environment, but their health and are demanding greater insight into items before they’ll consider a purchase. To be able to provide your customers with full traceability of their food items, requires a total end-to-end solution.

Data Insights and Competition

When utilising the right ERP solution you can start to take advantage of the data you have available. You can begin to understand your customers in better detail, with accurate, real-time information. This all plays a part in helping you meet customer demand effectively, with the products that your consumers desire.

With such a shift in the way people are choosing to eat, the growth within the healthy foods market continues. To face this challenge head on and deal with competitor activity in the marketplace, a modern ERP solution is vital to supporting success. From dealing with movements in the prices of commodity goods, through to managing government rules and regulations, embracing technology and digital transformation in such a demanding environment is required to remain competitive.

Ever-changing customer requirements

With a centralised database within your ERP solution you can see your efficiency vastly improve. In the food industry, simple access to data makes it easier to monitor and track perishable stock throughout the supply chain – giving true field to fork traceability. Coupled with demand forecasting capabilities within the ERP solution, it becomes far easier to predict demand and safeguard against waste and surplus stock.

Our diets connect personal and public health with global environmental sustainability. On people’s quests to develop a healthy diet and lifestyle, often eating sustainably comes hand in hand. Our customer, Jones Food Company, provides a further example of how specialists in the food and beverage industry are responding to changing consumer demands. Operating in the herb sector, they specialise in vertical farming, meaning they can grow produce all year round in the UK, giving continuity of supply, shorter growing time-frame and a reduced carbon footprint without reliance on imports. This ability to grow healthy, fresh produce all year round, gives people continued, affordable access to produce regardless of season.

Today market changes and fluctuations are happening in all areas of the food industry and are driven by a variety of health factors. Our customers are constantly monitoring these demands, including one of our customers, who specialise in herbs and salads. For them, staying aware of the most popular ingredients and general food trends can help them present to market in the most effective way possible. For example, in 2021 the herb market saw a growth of around 23%, driven by an increase in home cooking. Coupled with an increase in the interest of the nutritional and medicinal benefits of natural products, has resulted in a real demand for traditional herbs. Recognising and responding to these kinds of trends proactively is increasingly important to maintain a competitive edge.

Partnering for success

It’s clear to see that diet and health trends are considerably impacting the way in which the food and beverage industry operates. It’s also increasingly clear that technological advancements and support are key to helping businesses differentiate themselves and remain competitive in such demanding environments. Here at Cedar Bay we’ve got years of experience supporting food and beverage companies with their ERP implementations, to ensure that they are in the perfect position to keep up with the demands of the future.

Labour and skills shortages in the F&B manufacturing industry aren’t exactly new topics, but throw in a global pandemic, coupled with Brexit and the employment difficulties just keep increasing. The industry is reporting a widespread lack of staff. This goes beyond roles within manufacturing facilities, it also includes roles such as fruit and vegetable pickers, meat processors and HGV drivers.

Food and beverage producers have started to turn to several solutions to help solve this worker challenge, but there’s no easy way out. A combination of new operational processes, training opportunities and salary requirements are needed to be able to help battle this problem and meet the staffing needs across the industry. Whilst the industry needs to begin to address labour shortages today, it’s unlikely that this challenge will go away anytime soon.

How to tackle it?

With these ongoing shortages, it’s important that businesses look for new ways of working that don’t require bringing on even more people. Whilst some companies have turned to temporary workers to fill their gaps, it doesn’t offer a permanent solution or even fill the skills requirements necessary to carry out some of the roles.

Leaders in the field are recognising the need to adopt new technology to maximise scarce labour resources, support workforces and ramp up new hires as quickly as possible. Automation can offload time-consuming daily tasks, helping to increase operational efficiency with less resource. Automation is key to being able to help utilise the workers already in the industry, attract new workers and ultimately increase employee satisfaction to maintain staffing levels. Streamlining business operations can make a massive difference in the way in which your staff are able to work and the time which it takes them to carry out daily tasks.

The role of an ERP

Modern technology can also support a faster on-boarding process of new workers, helping to provide more information and supporting their productivity. Showing a strong interest in utilising technology to support your business processes can also be an attractive aspect to younger talents, helping increase your opportunities of gaining and maintaining new entrants into the market.

ERP platforms bring a new way to help increase automation and improve efficiency throughout your business, supporting your workers and helping you work in a smarter way. Implementing an ERP solution can help you address labour shortages, but also support your teams, helping you maintain employee morale and job satisfaction. Embracing digital transformation is a key factor in overcoming this challenge within the industry.

If you’re interested in discovering more about how we can help you overcome these challenges, please get in touch with our team!

 

Consumers and regulatory bodies are increasingly demanding more from manufacturers. Not only can a product recall be costly, the potential damage to brand reputation should be enough to make us all act now.

The majority of food safety recalls result from errors in processing and handling. Thankfully, there’s a way to reduce that risk. ERP solutions designed for the food and beverage industry, offer traceability at a granular level, from raw materials and supplies, through to finished and packaged goods. Such levels of traceability allow for a smooth process of issuing and executing a product recall, and can even help limit them in the first place.

Why do we need traceability?

Of course, abiding by legislation is an obvious reason for providing high levels of traceability within the food and beverage world. But, there are other reasons why total traceability is even more important.

When it comes to recalling a product without high levels of traceability throughout your production process you can’t be confident of what your ingredients may have come into contact with, or where they’ve been. You’re unable to judge the risk of contamination.

Another hugely important factor is allergens. Undeclared allergens are the leading cause of food safety recalls. You need to make sure that your consumers can trust what is on the label and they what they are buying is safe for them to consume.

What role does an ERP play in product recall?

Visibility

While of course in an ideal world we’d just avoid recalls altogether, the complexities of manufacturing always result in a slight risk, even with a strong ERP solution. What an ERP can offer is a reduced risk, but with incredible responsiveness, to limit the impact should a recall happen. You need to be able to respond quickly and confidently. With complete visibility you’re able to have an accurate picture of what’s happening in reality throughout your manufacturing process.

Limiting the risk of human error

A robust ERP solution can offer traceability with data capture covering your supply chain and production process, you’re able to gain a true insight into your business and highlight any areas of risk. An ERP can also offer automation, which limits the risk of human error in capturing ingredients and product information and labelling.

Detailed insights

Of course, the data you require will depend on your specific production, but information that an ERP can allow you to capture include weights, expiry dates and shelf life, nutrition, shipping, surfaces that an ingredient has touched, employees who have handled items, allergens and more. With detail insights into all these snippets of information (and more!) you’re able to become more agile in your response.

At Cedar Bay we have years of experience in helping food and beverage companies limit their risk of recalls and gain a greater insight into their production processes. We can help you gain greater visibility, helping you achieve more.

Ready to say goodbye to recalls?

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No pierda la oportunidad de aprender todo sobre la fabricación de clase mundial de la mano de nuestros expertos en la industria. En los próximos meses estaremos a su disposición para ofrecerle a usted y a su equipo seminarios web y clases magistrales que le ayuden a alcanzar el éxito. ¿A cuáles se va a apuntar?

Únase a nuestros presentadores a las 3pm BST para las siguientes sesiones, ¡no olvide registrarse!

Seminarios web sobre fabricación de clase mundial

Ventajas de las finanzas con IFS Applications 10,26 de agosto Regístrese aquí – En esta sesión, Mishael Akleker llevará a la audiencia a través de un subconjunto de mejoras que IFS ha entregado en IFS Apps 10, que están diseñadas para ayudar a los departamentos de Finanzas a trabajar más eficazmente y ofrecer beneficios de negocio a sus empresas.

También hemos incluido una sesión extra de Ventajas de las finanzas con IFS Applications 10. Mishael volverá a tratar este tema, así que si te perdiste la primera sesión
inscríbase aquí para el 9 de septiembre a las 16:00 horas BST


De la planificación de la demanda a la programación,17 de septiembre

Regístrese aquí
En este seminario web, Chris Anthony hablará de cómo se debe utilizar IFS Demand Planner para impulsar una programación precisa, junto con algunos consejos y trucos de la vida real para maximizar el beneficio del uso de IFS Demand Planner en IFS Apps 10.


Just in Time/Lean Manufacturing,14 de octubre Regístrese aquí
En esta sesión, Chris Anthony explicará cómo puede utilizar mejor las herramientas de planificación de la demanda de IFS para impulsar una programación precisa. Gracias a nuestra experiencia empresarial y de aplicación, le mostraremos nuestros consejos y trucos para reducir los residuos, el tiempo y los costes mediante el uso de los enfoques Just in Time y Lean Manufacturing.


Gestión de la calidad (QM),4 de noviembre Regístrese aquí
– Thusitha Dhammika cubrirá todo, desde el aseguramiento de la calidad hasta los planes de control de calidad, dándole una idea de cómo reducir sus defectos y lograr una gestión de calidad total y adoptar un enfoque de tolerancia cero hacia los defectos.


Mantenimiento preventivo total,9 de diciembre Regístrese aquí
– En esta sesión, Chris Anthony se asegurará de que dispone de las herramientas y los conocimientos necesarios para seguir siendo productivo y reducir el riesgo de paradas de la maquinaria en su empresa. Vamos a desglosar nuestros consejos sobre el mantenimiento planificado y preventivo.

Clases magistrales de captura de datos

Transaction Builder- A Managerial Overview,13 de octubre
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– En esta sesión, Jay Hopkinson analizará y demostrará cómo se puede utilizar Cedar Bay Transaction Builder para dotar a los clientes de IFS de herramientas de movilidad que les permitan reaccionar rápidamente a las demandas cambiantes del negocio y a los cambios en los procesos, manteniendo al mismo tiempo la precisión, la coherencia y la simplicidad.


Masterclass de Captura de Datos (Movilidad) CB Apps 4,27 de octubre Regístrese aquí
– En esta masterclass mostraremos cómo la solución de Captura de Datos de Cedar Bay puede configurarse fácilmente para resolver retos reales y comunes que se producen cada día en las áreas de la planta de producción de su empresa.


Masterclass de Transaction Builder,18 de noviembre Regístrese aquí
– En esta sesión, Chris Rothery hablará y demostrará cómo puede utilizarse la solución Transaction Builder de Cedar Bay para construir soluciones de captura de datos a medida que ayuden a sus equipos de operaciones a trabajar con mayor eficacia. Esta sesión es la más adecuada para aquellos que ya utilizan Transaction Builder y quieren aprender más.

Esperamos que se una a nosotros.

 

 

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