Georgia Nut Company Uses Dynamics AX to Maintain Compliance and Continuously Improve

Microsoft Dynamics AX Provides Improved Supply Chain Capabilities and Cost Reductions

Georgia Nut Company is a food manufacturer of confection and snack items. With capabilities including sugar shelling, panning, enrobing, roasting as well as packaging into form & fill bags, jars, and zip lock bags – GNC’s manufacturing capacities are in excess of 50,000,000 pounds annually with packaging of individual bags / jars in excess of 125,000,000 units. GNC Sales come from 4 distinct markets including industrial ingredients, contract manufacturing, private label, and bulk. With a 150,000 square foot manufacturing facility and 180,000 square distribution facility, GNC employs 300+ people between the two facilities.

Disparate Systems Could No Longer Support Growth

Fast Facts

Industry:
Food and Beverage

Location:
Chicago, IL

Existing Systems:
Multiple

Evaluated Systems:
[Confidential]

System Selected:
Microsoft Dynamics AX

THE SITUATION

Established in 1945, Georgia Nut Company develops and manufactures the highest quality roasted and salted nut meats for snacks, confections, and ingredients.

Years of growth left Georgia Nut with a number of outdated business systems, which were heavily dependent on manual data entry. These disparate systems and manual processes made it difficult for GNC executives to gather accurate, real-time data in order to make informed business decisions. With increasing customer demands, regulatory compliance requirements, and revenue goals, the company wanted a system that would improve quality control and profitability, and be flexible enough to expand with their future strategy plans and goals.

Jack Arends, CFO of Georgia Nut Company, discusses the challenges they faced, “We did not have a single source of information. We were manually lot tracing ingredients and finished goods. We had no production reporting. And we had no inventory accuracy or accountability.”


Jack Arends, Georgia Nut

MERIT’S SOLUTION

After evaluating numerous business systems, Georgia Nut Company chose to implement the industry leading Microsoft Dynamics AX platform with Merit Solutions. Executives chose Microsoft Dynamics AX because it addressed all of their issues in a platform that was both cost effective now, yet able to scale with the company into the foreseeable future.

Georgia Nut uses Microsoft Dynamics AX for manufacturing, financials, procurement, Business Intelligence (BI) / Reporting, and inventory management. With Microsoft Dynamics AX, GNC manages lot track and trace from cradle-to-grave, improving raw material inventory management capabilities and response times to potential product recalls. GNC also has better reporting and increased visibility into key performance indicators, allowing them to analyze production trends to improve yield, manufacturing profitability, and operational efficiency.

Georgia Nut also had extremely high confidence in Merit Solutions and trusted our methodology and ability to deliver an end-to-end solution that provided the greatest value and competitive advantage.

“Merit Solutions was able to handle the intricacies of successfully migrating our legacy data, while at the same time building support and user acceptance of Microsoft Dynamics AX within our organization,” noted Arends. “More than anything else, these two factors are what enabled us to understand what we have to do as a company to meet our goals, and what we could do in the future to improve upon our business. “


Benefits:

When asked about the benefits of the platform, Arends comments: “The biggest impact has been on our ability to provide immediate responses and / or proactive communication to our customers. Through the detailed production reporting and material consumption we have been able to identify cost improvement areas with both labor material usage – standards and formulations.”

He continues, “We addressed everything that was previously challenging us. We now have a single source of information, electronic lot traceability, production reporting and inventory accuracy which have allowed us to identify areas of continuous improvement within operations. Although the return on the investment was not immediate, we are now a data driven company with information easily and readily available for decisions throughout the company.”

Closing out the discussion, Arends notes, “Merit Solutions has been responsive, reliable and knowledgeable; they have been able to identify gaps between the system capabilities and business operations through their experience. We would recommend Merit Solutions to other food manufacturers considering implementing a new system.”

Food Company Chooses Microsoft Dynamics AX


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