3 Ways to Drive Cloud Technology Adoption in Food Manufacturing
In 1996, a group of 47 turkey farmers known as the Iowa Turkey Growers Cooperative (ITGC) purchased an Oscar Mayer’s turkey processing plant in West Liberty, Iowa. At that time, the ITGC was focused on maintaining demand for the local farmers’ superior-quality turkeys and supporting the state’s rich farming tradition. Today, West Liberty Foods maintains its commitment to animal health and welfare as one of the country’s largest turkey processors while operating four facilities in three states, which collectively produce 650 million pounds of sliced, Individually Quick Frozen (IQF), and specialty protein products annually. The continued success of West Liberty Foods is due to the dedication, enthusiasm, and support of its growers/owners.
To support the organization’s continued growth, West Liberty Foods uses a mix of loosely connected applications, a practice commonly applied across the food manufacturing industry. West Liberty’s multi-software solution includes G Suite, two Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) tools, a customer relationship management (CRM) software, an inventory management system, a lean-manufacturing software, Microsoft Excel, a reporting platform, as well as a time and attendance system, to name a few. These applications are used by the organization’s 3,000 employees in widely different capacities at each location and even in various capacities within the same department, depending on the production line at the location.
In this white paper, you will learn how West Liberty was able to:
- Develop a Cloud adoption strategy
- Create Custom Add-ons that drive business efficiency
- Optimize business processes by developing a multi-software IT solution using Google App Engine