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Vreugdenhil Dairy Foods

Vreugdenhil Dairy Foods  Vreugdenhil is one of the main international suppliers of spray-dried dairy products and of specialised products for the food industry based on dairy ingredients. In 2007 Vreugdenhil Dairy Foods implemented Microsoft Dynamics® NAV in combination with SI Foodware®The main goal that Vreugdenhil achieved with this ERP implementation was the consolidation of their four locations in a single ERP application. With this consolidation Vreugdenhil is now able to centrally generate business reports for all locations.

CEO Jan Vreugdenhil: "We have chosen Microsoft Dynamics NAV in combination with SI Foodware, because it is the right solution with a minimum of customisation."

BUSINESS CONTINUITY

Vreugdenhil’s dairy specialism ranges from purchasing and production to storage, sales and distribution of raw materials, semi-finished and finished products. Quality controls are carried out continually throughout the whole process. "Because of our presence in the entire chain we are able to supply high-quality products," Jan Vreugdenhil says. "Two elements play an important role in the continuity of our business activities. First and foremost food safety and secondly our continuous endeavour to improve efficiency in our processes so that we remain competitive, even in the long term."

FOOD SAFETY AND EFFICIENCY IMPROVEMENTS

"We have strengthened both of these elements with this project," Vreugdenhil continues. "By working with a single integrated system we were able to make significant efficiency improvements. However, a standard ERP system could not provide the specific food characteristics we required such as quality control and product specifications. Our product specifications must contain all the characteristics of our products, including for example the fat percentage, protein and total aerobic bacterial count. For these issues we use SI Foodware based on Dynamics NAV. This simplifies all aspects of food safety documentation, for us meaning that we are able to provide our customers with their own customer specific ingredient declarations. In other words, the continuity of our business activities are be strengthened with this implementation."

PHASED PROJECT

Besides the implementation from Dynamics NAV and SI Foodware, Vreugdenhil also introduced RF scanning, EDI and shop floor integration (MES integration). And aspects such as a scales-interfaces, labelling and a customs interface were also part of the full scope of the project. The wide ranging project encompassed different business locations, and they started  with the location at Gorinchem. This way they were able to keep the project manageable.