Up-to-date ERP

January 1, 2007
/ Print / Reprints /
/ Text Size+
Green Bay Cheese finds technology solutions to satisfy compliance issues

Technology Group International’s Enterprise 21 ERP software manages production and orders at Green Bay Cheese. Source: Green Bay Cheese

Founded in 1948, Green Bay Cheese Company (owned by the Fairmount Food Group) is the largest deli cheese packager in the US. Recently, the company faced significant challenges due to government regulations and customer compliance issues.   The processor’s old DOS-based ERP (enterprise resource planning) package just couldn’t keep up with regulatory issues, and it was hard to use.

According to Carmen Lang, vice-president of operations and administration for the Wisconsin-based company, “The must-have features in a new ERP included strong MRP and production features, weekly cheese market costing and pricing, random weight unit of measure, user friendliness, flexibility in report writing and paperless records.” 

Green Bay Cheese needed an ERP software package that could track individual cheese lots from raw material receipt through consumption in manufacturing and onto shipment of finished product to its retail and food service customers. It also had to manage special customer pricing requirements based upon the current market price for cheese, provide detailed costing of manufacturing operations, and prepare customer-specific private labeling of product including product details and lot analysis information.

The producer found its solution with Technology Group International’s ERP package, Enterprise 21. With this ERP system, the cheese manufacturer is able to electronically store womb-to-tomb lot tracking of cheese so that a given lot of cheese can be traced to all customers who received material produced from that particular lot;  interactively calculate online customer pricing based upon cheese market price and customer pricing factors;  and automatically generate customer-specific labels which include not only customer logos and barcodes, but also the retail customer’s price to the consumer.

From inventory control to purchasing, the cheese company’s new ERP system efficiently performs key functions such as order management, manufacturing, general ledger, accounts payable and accounts receivable. Inventory control includes an integrated warehouse management system; tracking multi-locations and bins in each warehouse; prime pick, put-away, and restocking locations by product code; sophisticated product configurator; bill of material maintenance for kitting; fully attributed inventory; lot control with analysis; and RF/bar code functionality.

ERP purchasing functionality includes multiple suppliers and purchasing rules per stocking part number, vendor RFQ processing, automatic creation of purchase orders based upon replenishment rules, automatic or manual generation of requisitions, blanket purchase orders, electronic signature approval and vendor performance tracking.

Due to government regulations and compliance issues, inventory control was probably the most important ERP function to consider, yet a fully-functioning integrated system makes the most business sense in the long run.  With the ERP implementation, Green Bay Cheese Company is better equipped to serve its customers.

While it’s still too early to quantify savings in dollars, people, time, and percentages, Lang insists that the Enterprise 21 solution, “Streamlined our process from time of receiving the raw materials, to producing the products, to shipping the finished goods.”  u

For more information:

Rebecca Gill, Technology Group International;


Did you enjoy this article? Click here to subscribe to Food Engineering Magazine.

You must login or register in order to post a comment.



Image Galleries

Plant of the Year 2014

Blue Diamond Growers was chosen as Food Engineering's 2014 Plant of the Year. The Sacramento-based company is the world’s largest producer of almonds and almond ingredients.


Burns & McDonnell project manager RJ Hope and senior project engineer Justin Hamilton discuss the distinctions between Food Safety and Food Defense as well as the implications for food manufacturers of the Food Safety Modernization Act.
More Podcasts

Food Engineering

Food Engineering January 2015 Cover

2015 January

In this January 2015 issue of Food Engineering, we explore how robotics can play a role in pick-and-place, packaging, case packing and palletizing processes, and know where to implement robotic automation.

Table Of Contents Subscribe

FSMA Audit

What is the is most important step you have taken to become ready for a FSMA audit?
View Results Poll Archive


Food Authentication Using Bioorganic Molecules

This text provides critical tools and data needed to augment routine food analysis and enhance food safety by aiding in the detection of counterfeit, and potentially deleterious, foods.

More Products

Clear Seas Research

Clear Seas ResearchWith access to over one million professionals and more than 60 industry-specific publications,Clear Seas Research offers relevant insights from those who know your industry best. Let us customize a market research solution that exceeds your marketing goals.


FE recent tweets

facebook_40.pngtwitter_40px.pngyoutube_40px.png linkedin_40px.pngGoogle +

Food Master

Food Engineering Food Master 2015Food Master 2015 is now available!

Where the buying process begins in the food and beverage manufacturing market. 

Visit to learn more.