Managing Supplier Risk in the Food and Beverage Industry

To be a food or beverage manufacturer is to face enormous amounts of risk. These are highly regulated industries in which the slightest mistake could actually cost customers their lives, and penalties for failing to comply with the law are jail time. On the less serious end of the spectrum, changes in customer demand are also a risk food and beverage manufacturers must navigate.

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How Can You Navigate Food Industry Retail Trends?

The world is changing around us, yet are we keeping pace? That question is especially relevant in the food industry.

Over the years, we’ve seen a shift in the retail landscape with a move towards retailer consolidation. More and more consumers are buying food products online, too. How do these food industry retail trends affect manufacturers, and how can they manage these shifts successfully? Read on to learn more, as well as what kinds of technological solutions they can use to handle these changes.

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What Are the Solutions to Supply Chain Management Challenges in the Food Industry?

There has never been a more complex time to be a player in the food industry. The industry is highly regulated. Competition is fierce. Ever-changing customer demands can make or break a firm. How do you manage the challenges of supply chain management in the food industry and remain successful?

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Food and Beverage Consulting Services and Software Solutions

Strict compliance standards, low profit margins, intense competition, high customer-service expectations – when you’re a food and beverage company, these conditions define your business. How effectively you meet these challenges determines whether or not your company can continuously improve and sustain long-term success.

As the economy steadily improves, the food and beverage industry is experiencing significant change that is redefining how companies manage risk, provide value, and connect with their customers. From young, tech-savvy millenials to aging baby boomers – the ways in which today's consumers research what they want, the key factors influencing their buying behavior, and their loyalty to a specific brand or product are all open for competition.

On top of that, food and beverage companies must be able to react quickly to issues such as food safety and recalls before they can damage reputations, and closely monitor compliance with a range of increasingly stringent regulations, whether from the FDA, the EU, the International Food Standard, or others.

Put together, these conditions can present obstacles—or opportunities. Removing operational waste, increasing customer value, and implementing the right enabling technologies can help food companies continuously drive higher value for customers and maintain a competitive advantage.

Why Merit Solutions?

Today's food companies need to focus on minimizing risk and preventing and responding to food safety incidents; failing to adhere to these regulations can hinder consumer and shareholder confidence, erode the bottom line, and cause irreparable damage to brand equity.

Our broad range of food and beverage consulting services and IT solutions help address the challenges related to traditional processes, cultural resistance to change, and less scalable technologies – enabling successful improvement projects while operating in a globally regulated environment.

Other benefits of working with Merit Solutions include:

  • Monitor Food Safety: Food companies around the world follow safety regulations based on HACCP standards or other requirements, such as FDA compliance, EU regulations, and IFS standards. Food safety requires superior recording of each activity and the ability to collect, record, organize, track and trace product details accurately and at a moment’s notice.
  • Meet Retailers' Demands: Responding quickly to retailers’ demands is key to a successful food organization. Whether the issue is RFID, specific packaging, special delivery requirements, or opening visibility to inventory levels and manufacturing operations – food and beverage companies must be able to quickly meet the demands placed by today’s retailers.
  • Respond to Consumer Trends: Workstream and information flow improvements play an integral role in helping food companies respond to – or better yet, anticipate – consumer trends. A big benefit is shortening product development times and speeding time to market.
  • Improve Supply Chain Operations: To respond quickly to changing demands, you, your suppliers, and your customers need easily accessed, relevant information – whether it’s product availability, prices, expiration dates, or promotions information. In addition, information gathered throughout the supply chain can help you identify opportunities to add more value to customers.
  • Plan for Growth: Organizations need workstreams and enabling systems that can deliver high value with current needs, while providing the opportunity to scale dramatically to account for organic growth, acquisitions, changes in business focus, and other foreseeable changes to the business.

Although the global food and beverage industry is a multi-trillion dollar industry, it sees limited growth and, as a result, incredibly fierce competition. Success for food and beverage companies depends on their ability to speed innovation and increase value while controlling costs and maintaining food safety


Industry Specific ERP Consulting Services


It doesn't matter if you are a process manufacturing organization or a global consumer products enterprise, you need people, workstream, and enabling technologies that support the unique industry-specific requirements in which you operate – without costly and time-consuming customization and development.

But the transition to new workstreams and improved information flows can be a challenge.

Merit Solutions has built teams around each individual industry we serve, combining Subject Matter Experts and technology professionals who have worked in and with our industries for a number of years. These industry teams have proven success working together to help clients mitigate the risks associated with enterprise transformation projects in their market.

Our Industry Specific Consulting Services