Food Engineering

Disconnected business applications? Time to upgrade

June 15, 2011
Old, disconnected enterprise software applications required re-keyboarding and too many man-hours.  A unified solution proved a real timesaver.


Source: Golden Flake Snack Foods.
Golden Flake Snack Foods, based in Birmingham, AL, is a snack food manufacturer and distributor with approximately 850 employees and distribution to 12 states in the southern US. Due to the processor’s rapid growth over the past several years, the company needed to update its outdated, disparate business applications with a centralized solution to help meet the challenges of its growing business.

“Our old system was inefficient and required a lot of manual data entry, duplicate keying and detailed lookups, when many of these processes should [have been] either eliminated or automated,” says Patty Townsend, vice president and CFO of Golden Flake Snack Foods. “Our business has grown substantially and, in turn, so has the volume of our data.”

Golden Flake Snack Foods Inc. selected Lawson QuickStep Food & Beverage, an industry pre-configured solution based on the latest version of the Lawson M3 Enterprise Management System. The software meets a variety of demands, from fast-moving industry supply chains and short order-to-delivery cycles to the handling of perishable products and raw materials. When fully implemented, the software will help Golden Flake Snack Foods reduce the time, cost and risks associated with bringing products to market.

“The Lawson system will help provide us with the flexibility and features necessary to adapt to the changing needs of our business. Ultimately, this will help us continue to provide excellent customer service,” says Townsend.

As part of this enterprise software deployment, Golden Flake also licensed select Lawson Human Resource Management applications, including Absence Management and Payroll. These applications will help the processor better track and manage employee time off and help streamline payroll operations, including quarterly filings and reporting.

For more information, Debbie Tolbert, Lawson, 651-767-7000.