Food & beverages

Become an agile partner

Confronted with fluctuating prices of raw materials and stringent food safety rules on the one hand, and more demanding retailers on the other, many food & beverage companies find themselves squeezed into an unenviable market position. By becoming an agile partner, they can continue to satisfy the world’s primary needs.

Challenges for the food & beverages industry

Consumer demands

Food consumption habits shift fast, which shortens the life cycle of products. How do you, as champions of innovation, keep up with fickle and impatient consumers?

Retailer demands

Retailers impose specific product requirements, tight delivery schedules and high standards of service. Their private labels and promotions put your margins under even more pressure.

Food safety regulations

Core to most regulations is tracking and tracing. Being able to track products in a complex end-to-end supply chain is key.

Next to this, a factor further challenging the agility of the food manufacturer is the volatility of agricultural prices.

Sources: Eurostat (Prices) and DG Agriculture and Rural Development

Show what you stand for

A transparent supply chain

Thanks to Integrated Business Planning (IBP), you can optimize your end-to-end supply chain financially and make the desired trade-offs. That clear horizon leverages your position towards retailers and other stakeholders. Or why not take a peek at LightsOutPlanning, our state-of-the-art planning tool based on industry 4.0 techniques?

Satisfying “hungry” (or “thirsty”) consumers

To be able to respond quickly to market changes, you need to get the best out of your manufacturing and distribution processes so that R&D resources can be freed up. You have to upgrade your products, your people and your company.

Compliant with food safety rules

A food safety strategy is an integral part of your supply chain. At the heart of compliance is a serialization and track & trace system, for which we also have a proven track record in life sciences.

Appetite to help

  • Geert Wullaert

  • Tineke Van Vlaenderen

  • Judith Deltour

  • Valerie Vandenbroucke

Reference clients in the food & beverages industry

  • Barry Callebaut

    Barry Callebaut is the world’s leading supplier of high-quality chocolate and cocoa products, with over 9300 employees operating out of more than 30 countries. It is a fully integrated company that masters every step from the sourcing of cocoa beans to the final chocolate product.

  • Royal FrieslandCampina

    Royal FrieslandCampina N.V. provides dairy products worldwide. It operates through four segments: Consumer Products Europe, Middle East & Africa; Consumer Products Asia; Cheese, Butter & Milkpowder; and Ingredients.

  • Mondelez

    Mondelez International is a snack food and beverage company. The company manufactures and markets snack food and beverage products for consumers in 165 countries.

  • Alpro, a Danone company

    Alpro is the leading pioneer in plant-based food and beverages being drinks, desserts and plant-based alternatives to yoghurt, cream and margarines made from soya, almonds, hazelnuts, rice, oat and coconut.

  • TerBeke

    Ter Beke NV is a Belgium-based company engaged in the production and sale of processed meat products and chilled ready meals.

  • Tereos

    Tereos is the world’s fifth largest cooperative sugar group, processing agricultural raw materials into sugar, alcohol and starch. Their products are further used in various applications in the Food, Non-Food and Pharmaceutical industries.

  • Kraft Heinz

    The Kraft Heinz Company is the third-largest food and beverage company in North America and the fifth-largest food and beverage company in the world, with eight $1 billion+ brands.

  • Alken Maes

    Alken Maes is a Belgian brewery, part of the Heineken Group since 2007. With leading brands such as Maes, Heineken, Desperados, Grimbergen, Judas and many more it has a rich history and passion for brewing some of the best beers around.

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Geert Wullaert

E: geert.wullaert@bluecrux.com
T: +32 477 37 65 01

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