Food and Beverage production processes have many unique systems requirements.
Trying to deploy a discrete oriented ERP system in a Food Processing environment will create challenges including with estimating yields of co-products and by-products per production run, determining the amount of product available to promise based on a limiting input of a particular raw material, and determining the cost of products. Some food processes require multiple stages with stage one being a fractionating process that produces multiple co-products. The co-products are then used as inputs to the next stage. Food processing can be further broken down into batch processing and continuous processing. Batches require specific amounts of ingredients added to tanks, kettles, etc which are then processed.