Food Processor Utilizes AccountMate to Support Catch Weight Processing and Comply With Federal Food Safety Regulations
PETALUMA, CA, Sep 06, 2012 (MARKETWIRE via COMTEX) --
Utilizing industry-specific solutions and AccountMate's financial
management system, Smokey Denmark is 100% compliant with quality
standards mandated by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).
Adhering to the highest food manufacturing standards, modern food
processing equipment and time honored recipes, Smokey Denmark has
made premium smoked sausage products, smoked briskets and other
smoked meat products since 1964.
Over time, several business challenges affected operations.
Fluctuating meat costs for pork and beef products were complex to
manage. The Public Health Security and Bioterrorism Preparedness and
Response Act of 2002 (the Bioterrorism Act) mandated that all food
companies establish lot control.
"We were flying blind," recalls Jonathan Pace, Smokey Denmark
President. "We needed to know if we were making money or losing
Consequently, Smokey required a sophisticated financial management
solution that controlled costs and incorporated government-regulated
lot control capabilities. To solve these challenges, the company
turned to Tamlin Software Developers, Inc., an Elite AccountMate
Business Partner, for a solution.
"With a business model based upon quality and ongoing improvements,
Smokey Denmark clearly identified what they needed and they've been
tremendously effective in implementing a new company-wide software
system," recalled Linda Bryan, Tamlin President and CEO.
Upon Tamlin's recommendation, Smokey installed AccountMate SQL
Express to solve its core accounting requirements. Tamlin's Food
Manufacturing Conductor(TM) and Bassets Fixed Asset System integrate
seamlessly with AccountMate accounting software.
The first step in the company's technology make-over included an
overhaul in the placement, tracking and management of all meat
orders. To handle these transactions, Tamlin's Food Manufacturing
Conductor(TM) supports catch weight processing, which is the
recording of dual units of measure for inventory, sales and invoicing
transactions. As a result, customers can order in one unit of
measure, such as packages or cases, and be invoiced based upon
per-pound pricing. This enables Smokey Denmark to effectively manage
costs with minimum effort.
Next, the company addressed essential shop-floor processing so that
manufacturing, inventory management and quality control initiatives
could be fully realized. As required by the Food and Drug
Administration (FDA), Food Manufacturing Conductor(TM) will track all
raw materials ingredients, work in process and finished goods by lot
and vendor number. Raw materials are bar-coded when they are received
and tracked with pertinent data capture as they move through the
manufacturing process. Consequently, employees can monitor processes
throughout the day, tracing each ingredient forward and backward,
maintaining adequate records and determining the root cause of any
problem or non-conformance within hours of an incident. With this
change Smokey can quickly isolate and resolve quality
non-conformances, ultimately reducing the cost of scrap ingredients
and manufacturing downtime.
Bassets Fixed Assets System calculates on-the-fly depreciation for
any period with intelligent data entry wizards and automatic asset
deprecation schedule information. Food manufacturers are required to
use expensive specialty, technical equipment for food production.
With Bassets Fixed Assets System, Smokey can accurately control costs
and maximizes tax savings while meeting all necessary fixed asset
Together, third party systems and AccountMate provide Smokey Denmark
with a comprehensive front-to-back business management solution that
allows the company to control costs, comply with FDA regulations and
continue manufacturing premium meat products for future generations.
Recalls Pace, "We are very happy with our accounting system -- it
captures information correctly and gives us good data in the process
so we can effectively manage our business."
Founded in 1984, AccountMate develops and markets
fully modifiable business accounting software. Systems range from
single user versions to those that support hundreds of users
simultaneously. AccountMate software is available for local
installation or as SaaS. It is distributed exclusively through a
worldwide channel of authorized solution providers. AccountMate can
be reached at (800) 877-8896 or at www.accountmate.com.
Vice President, Marketing
SOURCE: AccountMate Software Corporation
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