Automation.com | Batchmaster Food Manufacturing Software

by : Thomas Cutler



In the current issue of Automation.com manufacturing journalist Thomas R. Cutler profiles how All American Seasonings selected BatchMaster ERP.
The article may be read in its entirety at: http://www.automation.com/sitepages/pid2871.php

All American Seasonings of Denver, Colorado was founded by Andrew Rodriguez, head of a Cuban family which fled the homeland with Castro's rise to power in 1963. Mr. Rodriguez started his business very small in 1968, initially relying upon a narrow product line of spices his company developed for local restaurants. As enthusiasm for these products increased, so did the company's investments in employees, equipment and facilities. For the last decade, All American Seasonings has consistently topped the list of fast growing, minority-owned companies in the Denver area. The company, now headed by Andy Jr., produces over 9 million pounds of product per year and is growing in revenues at a projected rate of 10% per year. All American has recently invested in a brand new production facility with over 40,000 sq. ft. This state-of-the-art plant is capable of producing over 150,000 pounds per day.

As the business grew and staff was added and complexity skyrocketed, the company found that it was relying upon the ingenuity of its staff to overcome limitations of the systems in place. What was once straightforward and easy to understand had become compartmentalized, very specialized and "personal" for each of the many key contributors. It was clearly time for an upgrade in tools and procedures so that all departments could be using a common database which captured all pertinent operations data and supported instant decision making throughout the enterprise. After an exhaustive search and performance shootouts between candidate systems, All American selected BatchMaster Software Inc. as its business partner and has now begun implementation of BatchMaster Enterprise.

According to Gene Van Horne, Director of Operations for All American Seasonings, "The selection process included performance shootouts, hands-on evaluations on-site for key staff within each department. All American found several features in BatchMaster that made it the best choice including ease of use, logical flow in day-to-day operations, ability to be "tailored" to their specific requirements and established procedures, support for Sample Request Management (many of the company's products are developed in an iterative process with short "trial runs" subject to customer review), Allergen Management, Nutritional Labeling, real-time inventory information, easy interface to external systems, including accounting, importation of FDA databases, BatchMaster's demonstrated success in the food sector and the company's vision for future releases."

About BatchMaster

BatchMaster Software, Inc. has provided process manufacturing software solutions for over two decades with more than one thousand five hundred installations worldwide. BatchMaster's customers can be found in every formula and recipe based industry segment, including food, beverage, cosmetic, personal care, paint, coating, nutraceutical, pharmaceutical, and specialty chemical. Some of the key benefits of using BatchMaster software include keeping accurate inventory, lot traceability and lot recall, regulatory compliance and just-in-time manufacturing resulting in lower production costs and improved customer service. Flexible, easy to learn and use, and scalable to grow with a process manufacturing business, BatchMaster is the definitive solution for the challenges facing small to midsize process manufacturers. BatchMaster team consists of over a hundred professionals, bringing on-going innovation to product offerings and serving customers as trusted advisors for all process manufacturing and supply-chain challenges.