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. Long-term partnerships with our customers are central to our business. 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. Long-term partnerships with our customers are central to our business. 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!

 

KLN Family Brands are a pet food and confectionery manufacturer based in the United States. Through partnering with Cedar Bay they have been able to benefit from data capture technologies, with CB Apps, charIOT and Transaction Builder.

Watch the video case study below to understand more about their journey with Cedar Bay’s Transaction Builder and to uncover what they’ve been able to achieve through our partnership.

 

Transaction Builder and CB Apps at KLN

Innovation is key in KLN’s world and innovation demands quick response times and fast implementation. KLN had leveraged IFS Applications to help improve efficiencies and support their growth, but upon further expansion it soon became clear that KLN was expanding at a rate that could no longer be supported by their current Warehouse Management System (WMS). So, with the help of Cedar Bay’s Transaction Builder, KLN have not only seen great cost savings, but have been able to support their innovation and growth.

What is Transaction Builder?

Transaction Builder acts as an extension of our Data Capture solution, CB Apps, giving you the ability to tailor it to your needs. You can benefit from introducing non-standard transactions, which are all managed and maintained using your in-house skill set, resulting in a solution that is truly configured to your business needs.

Want to discover more?

Read the Full Case Study Here

Download the full version of the case study to delve deeper into KLN’s project with Cedar Bay. Any questions? Please get in touch via the contact us button and we’d be happy to help!

About KLN

Whether you’re after a sweet or savoury snack, or the best pet foods for your furry friends, KLN Family Brands has got you covered. KLN Family Brands, nestled in the heart of Perham, Minnesota, is comprised of Tuffy’s Pet Foods, owners of NutriSource, Tuffy’s Pet Treats, and Kenny’s Candy & Confections. Tuffy’s Pet Foods proudly produces quality food for our pets, whilst KLN’s newest edition Tuffy’s Pet Treats manufacturers both canned pet food and semi-moist dog and cat treats. Kenny’s Candy & Confections provides something a little sweeter, manufacturing confectionary products, including big brand names like Wiley Wallaby and Sweet Chaos.

Is your legacy solution holding you back? Is your solution reaching end-of-life?

With so many changes and challenges thrown at manufacturers over the past few years, there’s been a real highlight on the need for flexibility within manufacturing organisations.

The world has changed greatly since you perhaps initially implemented your current solution, with cloud-first strategies and flexible working the norm. You may have found that when you first installed your current solution it did everything you needed it too. Yet, now as you’ve grown and times have changed, you’re looking for a platform that has more sophisticated functionality. A system that can give you better data insights, all within just one single solution.

Are you being held back?

Is your current solution hindering your ability to adapt to changing marketing conditions? Are you being held back from adapting your processes? Can you advance your operations successfully with your current solution?

Just like any other legacy solution, an outdated ERP platform, may not be able to support you on your digital transformation journey. Even worse it may hold you back from accelerating forward in times of change. To support business growth, a modern solution that can support your business both today and as you adapt and grow, is increasingly important.

Legacy solutions were not built with the challenges of today in mind, often meaning that they struggle to keep up with the demands of a modern-day organisation. With a newer version of an ERP solution, you’re able to connect your business operations and gain valuable insights and intelligence. Whereas legacy systems often struggle to keep up and reduce to your ability to respond and react to real-time information.

You might think that when your solution reaches end of life, that you can continue to use it, as it may still work just like it always has for your business. However, trying to support and update end-of-life systems often ends up being costly. Whereas when you invest in changing your solution, you can reap the benefits of a modernised IT infrastructure.

How can we help?

If you’re exploring the possibility of a new ERP solution, here at Cedar Bay we have years of experience helping manufacturing organisations gain better control and insights into their processes and operations. We pride ourselves on helping teams utilise technology, to reduce costs, improve visibility and maximise efficiency. We’ve helped customers in a variety of industries embark on their digital transformation journey. Whether that’s with Acumatica Cloud, or IFS Cloud ERP we can help you achieve more. Don’t get left behind with legacy solutions.

Make sure to look at our Info Hub to see how we’ve helped businesses like yours achieve more!

There’s no doubt that COVID-19 pushed the food supply chain to its limits. It exposed weak links, fragile networks, and transportation nightmares. Combine this with a shortage of skilled workers and the world had a real challenge on its hands. This perfect storm in the food and beverage industry has only been made more volatile with rising energy prices and the cost of raw ingredients. The worry for many is that prices are continuing to rise at their fastest rate for 40 years, with foods costs seeing a real surge. UK inflation, the rate at which prices rise, edged up to 9.1% in May. With the USA also seeing a 40 year high of 8.6% in recent weeks too.

Whilst fuel and energy prices are the biggest drivers of inflation, The Office for National Statistics has said that food costs have pushed it even higher. Inflation remains among one of the most prominent issues for businesses. With many organisations having to figure out how they can pass on their added costs to their customers, without losing business. Up to 70% of food and beverage producers have had to pass their increased costs onto the consumer. With the public already seeing a pinch, how long can this go on for? What can manufacturers do to try and deal with the challenge?

Rising costs have hit the food and beverage industry harder and faster than any other market. As an industry that uses an extreme amount of energy, for everything from refrigeration, through to heating and cooking, it’s no wonder that they’re being faced with such a challenge. How can food and beverage manufacturers meet demand, whilst also remaining profitable? How can you become more resilient in such an ever changing, unpredictable climate?

Going Digital

Going digital and embracing digital transformation across the food and beverage industry offers a host of opportunities. On top of many manufacturers list of priorities is increasing visibility and transparency across the business, helping to increase efficiencies throughout operations and gain as much information as possible from across the supply chain. Bringing together disparate systems, helps you to streamline your operations and increase operational efficiencies. Gaining a holistic view of your operations with an ERP solution, means you can easily identify and monitor where cost and waste can be reduced.

The role of ERP

IFS Cloud gives you the ability to take control of your operations and see information from across the business in real time, helping you make more informed decisions. With rising costs coming from all angles, IFS Cloud gives you the chance to gain better control over your costs. The platform can help you look for operational inefficiencies, helping reduce waste and spend. Discover more about IFS Cloud here.

We’ve helped many food and beverage manufacturers utilise ERP to help them grow and support their daily operations. Take a look at our most recent food and beverage case study with KLN Family Brands, a confectionery (and pet food!) manufacturer to see how the Cedar Bay team have supported their business goals. Click here for the case study.

 

Gresham Office Furniture (GOF) have selected Cedar Bay as their IFS Partner to implement IFS Cloud.

Gresham Office Furniture are a UK based manufacturing business located in Bolton, Greater Manchester. With the majority of their products being either manufactured to order or bespoke, GOF provide a variety of businesses with expertly designed office furniture. Whilst based in the UK, GOF also now operate in North America, bringing their flair and dedication to the craft into international markets.

GOF employ over 200 people and have been designing workspaces and furniture since 1976, priding themselves on long term partnerships with their customers since the beginning. As a growing business, with high aspirations over the next 5 years, Gresham Office Furniture set their sights on a new ERP solution to support their ambitions. Their legacy solution was no longer seen as a platform to support that anticipated growth, with inefficiencies in operations and a lack of real time information and visibility, they recognised a need for a future-proof ERP solution.

With the help of the Cedar Bay team, GOF will utilise the IFS solution to streamline processes and support business growth. Our approach ensures the successful delivery of implementation, hosting and business as usual support services with a predictable outcome to ensure success of the project.

Steven Barr, Head of New Business Sales at Cedar Bay, is looking forward to working closely with the team at GOF. “It’s been a real pleasure working with the GOF team during their selection process and their attitude and culture auger well for a very successful project. We are looking forward to a long term and successful relationship”.

Craig Turley, Finance Director at GOF, is excited about the partnership with Cedar Bay and IFS. “In terms of the IFS solution, it came out top across the selection team in terms of usability and functional fit to our requirements. In addition, Cedar Bay are a partner who are easy to work with and bring a professional approach to this project. We will implement IFS Cloud right across the business over the next 10-12 months”.

This is an incredibly exciting project for both Cedar Bay and GOF and we look forward to working together and seeing joint success.

About Cedar Bay

Cedar Bay is an IFS Gold Channel Partner, with years of experience implementing large scale ERP solutions. Long-term partnerships with our customers are central to our business. 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.

 

About Gresham Office Furniture (GOF)

We have been designing workspaces and furniture since 1976. Always ahead of the curve, some clients have been with us since the very beginning, appreciating the products and design service we offer. Every piece of workspace furniture undertakes an incredible journey as it develops from an idea into a comfortable yet practical feature most of us spend many hours working with. At Gresham, that journey takes place all under one roof. With design, production, prototyping and assembly all covered in our state-of-the-art headquarters in Bolton, talented teams of designers, engineers, testers and production operatives work together to create high quality furniture that helps improve workspaces and the lives of those who work in them.

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