Food & Beverage News — September, 2008

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Business Intelligence Solution Gives Welch's 'Way More than Reports'
A conversation with Bill Coyne, director of purchasing and logistics at Welch's, Concord, Mass.
Welch's is the world's leading marketer of Concord and Niagara-based grape products, ranging from refrigerated juices and sparkling juice cocktails to jams, jellies and a variety of single-serve products. The Welch's brand is sold throughout the U.S. and in more than 35 countries and territories around the world. Welch's fills around 50,000 orders annually and spends more than $50m on transportation and distribution. Earlier this year, the company implemented a solution from Oco Inc., Waltham, Mass., to provide needed business intelligence for the supply chain. Bill Coyne headed that effort for Welch's and Michael DeCerbo was the Oco program manager. DeCerbo also participated in this conversation.

Q: What were the business intelligence issues that Welch's was dealing with before it partnered with Oco?...
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Getting Squeezed at Both Ends
Food and beverage producers are under pressure from government as well as consumers to retool every aspect of their supply chains in line with "green" behavior. Dave Aquino, research director at AMR Research, talks about how industry leaders are rethinking their distribution and supply strategies with regard to product design, manufacturing, packaging and transportation. The result:...
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Faster, Fresher, Cheaper, Better
Big changes are roiling the food and beverage supply chain. The soaring cost of energy and commodities makes it essential that producers cut costs even as they speed up the flow of goods to market, to ensure freshness, innovation and shelf availability. Ann Grackin, managing director of the Supply Chain Intelligence Service of Marsh, lays out these key challenges and proposes ways for coping with them. Food safety has become an...
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Multiple Channels, Multiple Challenges
Unlike other types of consumer packaged goods, food and beverage products flow through at least two distinct channels: retail and food service. Producers must be able to operate both supply chains efficiently. Nari Viswanathan, research director of supply chain management with Aberdeen Group, discusses some of the trends that are complicating...
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How Papa John's Solved Its Inventory Visibility Problem
Papa John's International Inc. is the third-largest pizza company in the U.S. and one of the largest in the world with more than 3,000 restaurants. PJ Food Service provides one-stop shopping for virtually all the ingredients and supplies used in Papa John's restaurants through its 10 Quality Control Centers.
A major challenge was inventory visibility and accuracy--Papa John's lacked the carrier relationships necessary to gain visibility and to ensure the highest level of quality control. According to Eric Hartman,...
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Discount Grocery Chains Take Market Share in Europe
As economic prospects worsen across Europe, grocery chain discounters such as Lidl and Aldi, both from Germany, are taking market share. They generally charge some 30 percent to 50 percent less for groceries than ordinary supermarkets. In France, according to TNS, a research firm, discounters increased their market share to...
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