Dynamics GP for Food Producers with Vicinity Software

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Dr. Praeger’s Sensible Foods, a leading provider of plant-based frozen food, has carved a niche in the plant-based frozen food industry by offering health-conscious products. The company has built a reputation for prioritizing quality and innovation, ensuring that all products meet high standards of taste and nutrition. However, as the company grew, the need for a more robust system to manage their complex manufacturing processes became apparent. Dr. Praeger's Sensible Foods Logo tasty meets veggie

They have significantly enhanced their operations by integrating VicinityFood with their existing ERP solution, Microsoft Dynamics GP. Now, we’ll take a look at those improvements, detailing the challenges they faced with their previous system, the benefits of the new software integration, and the productivity enhancements specific to batch and process manufacturing.

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Challenges with Dynamics GP Before Vicinity

Before implementing Vicinity Software, Dr. Praeger’s Sensible Foods encountered several significant operational challenges while using Microsoft Dynamics GP alone. These issues primarily stemmed from the limitations of Dynamics GP in handling the complex needs of batch and process manufacturing.

Overreliance on Manual Processes

Dr. Praeger’s initially depended on manual methods, such as spreadsheets, to manage critical aspects of production planning and recipe management. This approach was not only labor-intensive but also prone to human error, which could lead to inconsistencies in product quality and delays in production schedules.

Difficulty in Managing Complex Bills of Materials

The food manufacturing process often involves complex recipes and numerous raw materials. Dynamics GP struggled to manage these complex bills of materials effectively. This limitation made it challenging to ensure accurate costing and efficient use of materials, which are vital for maintaining profitability and operational efficiency.

Limited Visibility into Real-Time Production Data

One of the most significant challenges was the limited access to real-time production data. They did not have the necessary tools to monitor production processes as they happened, which is essential for making timely adjustments to enhance efficiency and respond to any operational hitches.

These challenges highlighted the need for a more tailored solution that could integrate seamlessly with Dynamics GP and bring the additional functionality required to meet the growing demands of Dr. Praeger’s manufacturing processes.

Benefits of Integrating Food Processing Dynamics GP

VicinityFood has brought several significant benefits to Dr. Praeger’s Sensible Foods, enabling the company to overcome the limitations they previously experienced. Here are some key benefits they’ve seen.

Enhanced Process Automation from Dynamics GP

The integration has allowed Dr. Praeger’s to automate many of the processes that were previously handled manually:

  • Reduced Manual Input: By automating tasks such as data entry and process scheduling, the company has minimized the risk of human errors, which can lead to inconsistencies and delays.
  • Streamlined Production Planning: Automated scheduling and resource allocation have helped optimize the production flow, reducing downtime and increasing throughput.

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Improved Data Accuracy and Control

With Vicinity, Dr. Praeger’s has experienced a notable improvement in data management and accuracy:

  • Reliable Data for Decision Making: The accuracy of data regarding inventory levels, production costs, and process outputs has improved, providing reliable information for making informed business decisions.
  • Enhanced Recipe and Materials Management: Vicinity’s robust control over recipes and bills of materials ensures that each product is made consistently to the highest standards, with precise tracking of ingredient usage and costs.

Real-Time Food Processing Operational Visibility in Dynamics GP

Vicinity Software provides comprehensive visibility into every stage of the production process, a crucial enhancement over Dynamics GP:

  • Monitoring Production in Real-Time: Managers and operators can now see live data from the production floor, allowing for immediate adjustments to improve efficiency and respond to any issues as they arise.
  • Better Forecasting and Planning: Access to real-time data helps in forecasting demand more accurately and planning production schedules that align with market needs without overproducing or underutilizing resources.

Seamless System Integration

The smooth integration between Vicinity Software and Dynamics GP ensures that all systems work together harmoniously:

  • Unified Platform: The integration creates a unified platform where information flows seamlessly between systems, reducing the likelihood of discrepancies and enhancing the overall functionality.
  • Consistency Across Departments: With integrated systems, every department from production to finance works with the same data, ensuring consistency across all levels of the organization.

The enhanced system capabilities brought by Vicinity Software have transformed how Dr. Praeger’s manages its operations, making them more agile, efficient, and competitive in the plant-based food industry.

Productivity Enhancements for the Food Production Industry

For more detailed insights on how Dr. Praeger’s Sensible Foods achieved these gains and to understand the potential benefits for your operations, we encourage you to read the full case study. Read it here. 

If you are looking for a powerful platform for food producers that integrates with your ERP (either Dynamics GP or Dynamics 365 Business Central), contact us at Vicinity Software for a free consultation and see how our solutions can benefit your business.


By Vicinity Software | www.vicinitysoftware.com

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