Edmonton, Alb.-based meat product manufacturer Honest Dumplings has come a long way from selling gourmet dumplings at the local farmer’s market. With a growing demand, the company planned to scale up production and expand distribution nationally, but the company’s paper-based processes posed a challenge during this transition—especially when expanding their HACCP program across a wider array of new and limited-edition products.
Vancouver, B.C.-based P&S Frozen Foods faced similar struggles with manually tracked data. “We literally wrote down lot codes on one piece of paper,” says Paul Tolnai, operations manager at P&S. “When we put it into production, it was put on three pieces of paper and they had to somehow balance out. It’s shocking how much we had to do just to make an invoice.”
Benefits of automation, digitization
Digitizing processes with the right food ERP software was the solution for these meat product manufacturers to eliminate inefficiencies, stay audit-ready and grow their business.
A digitized system was especially critical for Honest Dumplings, where the production of each SKU involved several steps and a range of ingredients. This made tracking multiple control points and ensuring lot traceability a complex process to tackle manually. Automating monitoring procedures based on HACCP principles would be key to staying audit-ready. “We had just developed our basic HACCP plan and it was all paper-based,” says Chris Lerohl, CEO of Honest Dumplings. “Before our facility even opened, we quickly realized that we didn’t want to be in a paper-based kind of world and we wanted to get in to have a cloud-based kind of solution or a digital solution.”