IMG is working with us to define these processes and implement best practices and industry standards that will optimize business functions
Atlanta, GA (PRWEB) April 24, 2007
The Information Management Group (IMG), a provider of innovative business process engineering services and an authorized SAP® Business One reseller, today announced its business engineering project that will drive the implementation of SAP Business One at Orval Kent. Orval Kent, a division of Chef Solutions, is a leading manufacturer of prepackaged refrigerated salads sold to retail and food-service outlets. SAP Business One is SAP's affordable, easy-to-implement and integrated business management application for small and midsize enterprises. The application will be implemented with FourthShift Edition Food & Beverage for SAP Business One, designed for manufacturing business processes. IMG made the announcement at SAPPHIRE® '07, the SAP international customer conference where IMG Americas is exhibiting (Pod #22; Georgia World Congress Center).
"Initially, we were brought into Orval Kent's parent company Chef Solutions to assess all core business processes and make recommendations on how to optimize and align those processes to drive growth -- specifically at Orval Kent," said Paul Goode, vice president of IMG Americas. "Key to our recommendations was adoption of SAP Business One at Orval Kent's Vista manufacturing facility, which will help Chef Solutions create and manage a single end-to-end business process as opposed to managing independent silos of information around manufacturing execution, sales, procurement, logistics, and the like. These aligned, single-platform business processes and best practices will then be harmonized across Orval Kent."
New Business Model will Drive Profitability
Chef Solutions LLC, a wholly owned entity of Questor Partners Funds, operates Orval Kent Foods, specializing in refrigerated deli-style salads, mashed potatoes and side dishes, fresh-cut fruit and desserts. Running SAP Business Suite, Chef Solutions maintains 5 facilities in North America and has more than 1,500 employees.
Chef Solution's Orval Kent division has, for over 50 years, been the premier provider of commodity-based salads, supplying thousands of cases of prepared salads to a host of restaurant chains throughout the country. "We've made a strategic decision to position Orval Kent as the premier national provider of refrigerated prepared foods," said Mark Brown, president of Orval Kent. "Therefore, we're evolving from a commodity-based business model to a value-added provider of unique on-trend prepared foods where every product is driven by consumer demand," continued Brown. "We're at a revolutionary time in our company's history and IMG Americas is supporting this transition by helping us identify where costs are and how we can drive them out. And, SAP Business One will be the tool that helps us continually mitigate costs to improve our bottom line."
With a focus on order-to-cash, supply chain and plan-to-manage business processes, "IMG is working with us to define these processes and implement best practices and industry standards that will optimize business functions," explained Michael Casula, chief information officer at Chef Solutions. "SAP Business One will capture business-critical data and allow us to share that knowledge enterprise-wide so that we can effect improved decision making for a new business model that requires us to accelerate our time-to-market activities," continued Casula.
Much of the data capture will be handled by the integration of FourthShift Edition Food & Beverage for SAP Business One. The FourthShift Edition has rich capabilities for materials usage and shelf-life visibility that enables full inventory lifecycle management. Integrated with SAP ERP, FourthShift Edition Food & Beverage for SAP Business One also offers: MRP yield calculation; extensive lot control capability; and tracking of expiration dates, production variances and purchasing contracts.
With the project blueprint completed, Chef Solutions is in the process of solution validation with a go-live scheduled for late May 2007. "Our SAP Business One solution with IMG will be rolled out to our most recently acquired Vista facility, and it will provide a foundation for potential future acquisitions," noted Brown, "this initiative is integral to making Orval Kent the number one provider of fresh, prepackaged salads to retailers who will be proud to put their name on our products."
About Orval Kent Foods
Orval Kent provides "best in class" quality and freshness as the preferred single-source refrigerated prepared foods supplier for retail and foodservice customers. Founded more than 50 years ago, Orval Kent provided some of the first convenience foods to consumers by selling ready-made potato salad, macaroni salad, tuna salad and other deli-style salads to grocery retailers and delicatessens. Over time, Orval Kent products became staples of the deli, as families came to claim them as their own version of homemade. The addition of Fish House Foods has expanded the Orval Kent product format to include salad kits, restaurant-quality dips and spreads, fresh refrigerated prepared seafood salads -- all with the same standard of freshness and quality. For more information, please visit: http://www.orvalkent.com.
About IMG Americas, Inc.
A company of S&T AG
The Information Management Group (IMG) is a leading global provider of comprehensive business process engineering services for companies that want business results from their SAP solutions. Specializing in consulting services that align people, processes, and systems with strategies, IMG Americas is a certified SAP partner and recognized as the global rollout expert for SAP Business One. With a proven track record of hundreds of SAP Business Suite implementations, IMG helps customers increase profitability through business process improvements. As a company of S&T AG (http://www.snt-world.com - XETRA Vienna: SNT), IMG is part of a global IT and business management consultancy that employs more than 3000 professionals in over 25 countries throughout Europe, Asia, North America and the United Kingdom. IMG Americas is headquartered in the Greater Boston area with offices in Greater Philadelphia and Chicago as well as in Atlanta, New York City and Mountain View. For more information on IMG Americas, call +1 888 446 4872. URL: http://www.img.com/americas.
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