Complete stock control and traceability achieved with Integreater
South Caernarfon Creameries (SCC) is an award-winning business that produce cheese, milk, butter and cream for the UK’s leading supermarkets. Six years ago, the North Wales base dairy invested in Integreater® to help the co-operative support its business objectives growth ambitions.
“Our team had extensive experience with competing products and felt that Integreater® would enable us to take our business to a whole new level.” Robert Burgess, SCC’s Finance Director explained. “The solution offered more functionality than a standard Manufacturing Execution System and unlike Enterprise Resource Planning software, it has been developed by food processing experts. Integreater® is a unique, long term solution, which will ensure that we have the flexibility to meet changing customer requirements and market conditions, whilst we maintain complete stock control and traceability.”
Complete process accountability and precise performance measurement
Integreater replaced SCC’s existing methods of control to improve both accuracy and efficiency. The implementation has resulted in complete process accountability, reduced stock holding, together with significant reduction in labour requirements. Staff are able to view accurate, real-time data to pin-point important product information – including the age, grade, location and value of each item of stock – together with precise measurement of product performance, throughput and giveaway.
SCC can now measure profit and loss for each of their customers, brands and products. And for quality control, the e-MES has automated the creamery’s grading and quality assurance system. It updates entire batch records with sample test results – no matter where products are located on the 37 acre site.
“Integreater is a unique, long term solution, which will ensure that we have the flexibility to meet changing customer requirements and market conditions, whilst we maintain complete stock control and traceability.”
Robert Burgess, Finance Director, South Caernarfon Creameries
South Caernarfon Creameries
Located in the Llyn Peninsula, South Caernarfon Creameries is Wales’ oldest and largest farmer-owned co-operative. Established in 1938, it has nearly 150 members that manufacture 10,500 tonnes of cheese and 12 million litres of milk a year. They supply a range of high quality dairy products to independent grocers, supermarkets and food service companies. It has recently announced record results, with operating profits up 12% to £3m in the year ending 31 March 2017 and turnover of £33.1m.
South Caernarfon Creameries is a multi-award winning business. It won Dairy Food Provider of the Year in 2017 (Food Awards Wales), it won almost 30 awards in 2016 and is currently in the running for National Co-Operative of the Year. They were also one of the first companies in the UK to reduce their carbon footprint by packing milk in bags. The business is accredited by the British Retail Consortium, Campden Laboratories, the Soil Association, Red Tractor, the Marks & Spencer “A” list for critical raw materials and Investors in People. They have been awarded the ISO 9001:2000 for Quality Management Systems and the ISO 14001 for Environmental Management Systems.