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Premier consolidates ERP to save £200,000 pa

Antony Adshead
Premier Foods has successfully completed the first stages of an enterprise software consolidation project that it anticipates will save £200,000 a year.

The company, which makes Typhoo Tea, HP baked beans, Branston Pickle, Chivers Hartley jams and a number of other grocery products, settled on Geac System 21 as its UK standard ERP software to establish a common operating environment following a series of acquisitions.

It inherited Geac, Ramesys and Prism software after the merger of four food companies to form Premier Foods four years ago. It later inherited SAP systems when it acquired Nestl' Ambient foods, but stayed with Geac because it fitted with Solar, its bespoke warehouse management system.

Nick Matthews, head of MIS at Premier, said, "We needed one system to run the business as one business, and Geac looked like it had a future."

Premier operates in the middle of a supply chain between supermarkets and small-scale suppliers of raw materials. The disparate systems it inherited made month-end and year-end consolidation difficult and time-consuming.

Matthews said the implementation of the first stages is expected to give cost savings of £200,000. The full roll-out should be complete by the end of 2003.

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