International Fish Canners Case Study

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International Fish Canners (Scotland) Ltd (IFC) was established in 1979 and is the largest manufacturer of canned seafood in the UK. At their factory in Fraserburgh, on the North East coast of Scotland, the company employ around 150 personnel who process many millions of canned seafood products every year.

Over 60% of the company’s sales are exported to Europe, USA, Australia and South Africa. Whilst in their home market IFC supplies the leading distributor John West Foods, as well as the major retailers. IFC used Ernst & Young consultancy to review several solutions that best fitted the company’s needs and finally selected Drive Computing’s ERP application BLISS in 1992. The main reason for final selection being the package provided an integrated business solution that covered all areas of their business from manufacturing and stock control to sales, purchasing, production planning and finally through to accounts.

Jim Strachan says
“The strength of module integration, combined with the system’s inherent flexibility enabled BLISS to be tailored to our exact requirements. We have seen tremendous growth and change in our market sector over the last few years and required a system to meet these and future legislative demands. The system continues to grow with us and to provide all the relevant information to control and run a business involved in ‘best practice’ within food manufacture.

The modernised, browser based product has since 2008 also been implemented in a sister company based on two sites, Nor-Sea Foods Ltd encompassing bespoke changes as well as full EDI integration to all their main customers.”

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An off-the-shelf or a bespoke software solution? What food and drink ERP software options are available? Detailing your processes will help you refine your options. You could save money by bringing your processes in line with an off the shelf solution. The easier alternative is to chose a flexible solution like BLISS. Having built in flexibility reduces the likelihood you’ll need expensive enhancements.