Go from Concept to Consumer, Faster

Speed new product introductions, optimize product portfolios and ensure compliance and safety while maximizing product margins with Centric Product Lifecyle Management (PLM).

Learn how food and beverage teams use Centric PLM™

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Streamline product development while boosting efficiency

A single, actionable source of the truth to manage complexity and increase visibility through every phase of product development to drive down costs, speed to market and get closer to consumers.

Speed time to market and increase agility

Keep up with consumer-driven trends and respond to changes in market demand with a tightly orchestrated supply team and efficient collaboration.

Optimize product portfolios

Link financial goals with products to optimize the portfolio by region and channel. Introduce new products or update and repackage for maximized margins.

Ensure compliance and traceability

Reduce risk from non-compliance or a lack of traceability by gaining full visibility with clear gates, change control, ingredient tracking, label substantiation, supplier, pantry, instore audits and more.

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Frequently asked questions about PLM

What is PLM for food and beverage?

PLM stands for Product Lifecycle Management. It’s a transformative solution that supports all critical aspects of product development for the food and beverage market. With an effective PLM solution in place, food retailers and manufacturers can optimize new product development, drive cross-team collaboration, and make better, more strategic business decisions.

Why use PLM for food and beverage?

PLM is an enterprise solution, which means it works by connecting people across the product development chain to streamline operational efficiency, speed time to market, reduce costs, cut waste, improve product quality and drive innovation. In other words, teams don’t have to rely on multiple email communications, numerous spreadsheets and siloed data management systems to oversee new product development. With PLM, food and drink companies can now collaborate, share information and track changes and approvals from a single digital interface.

Who uses PLM for food and beverage?

Food and beverage retailers, brands and manufacturers can all use PLM to bring products to market faster while ensuring customer safety and compliance with regulatory standards. Anyone involved in product development—from R&D, Procurement and Specifications to Packaging, Quality and Compliance­—can leverage PLM to boost efficiency, drive innovation, and accelerate new product creation that meets market demand.

Is PLM hard to implement?

Not at all! But keep in mind, PLM is a company-wide resource, and that means it takes careful coordination and cross-departmental communication to achieve a successful roll-out. However, having an experienced food and beverage PLM point person on board can help cut down implementation time significantly.

Want more info on implementation? Check out our Agile Deployment solution, Centric’s uniquely fast path toward R.O.I.

Is PLM the same as ERP?

In a nutshell, no. PLM is a tool to facilitate and streamline product ideation and creation. ERP is a solution that tracks those products once they’ve left the manufacturing floor.

For a helpful breakdown between PLM and ERP technologies, take a peek at our white paper.

Does PLM manage product specifications for food and beverage?

Yes! In fact, specifications management is an essential capability of PLM for food and beverage brands, producers and grocery retailers. With access to ingredient and raw material libraries, formulation data and supplier quotes, users can manage product specifications quick and easy while ensuring data accuracy.

Can packaging engineers and designers use PLM for food and beverage products?

Yes to both! Product Development teams can connect with packaging and label designers through PLM’s centralized platform. Plus, if PLM offers integration with third-party tools like Adobe Illustrator or 3D Connect, then packaging engineers and graphic designers can work exclusively within one digital environment to streamline workflows.

Does PLM assist with formulation management?

Of course! Formulation management is another key capability of PLM for food and drinks. With the touch of a button, all product development stakeholders can access formulation data per individual product, making it quick and easy to review nutritional values, raw materials specifications, product claims, allergens and costs of goods sold. Users can also leverage this capability to modify existing formulations for new product introductions.

Can PLM help food and beverage companies manage product recalls?

Definitely! Because PLM platforms keep a digital record of all product-related data and formulation methodologies, teams can track and trace any item affected by a contaminated ingredient or issue of non-compliance, remove them from store shelves and put a halt to further production.

Can PLM help food and beverage companies improve product quality?

A resounding yes! PLM solutions come equipped with end-to-end traceability, so users have control to track compliance across the product development cycle. This helps to eliminate inefficiencies, improve formulation and ensure product integrity.

Can PLM help boost trust among food and beverage consumers?

Absolutely. PLM solutions provide instantaneous, real-time connection with each and every stakeholder across the product development chain. This enterprise connection allows users to initiate collaboration among teams and drive product innovation. On top of that, PLM tracks compliance data and claims validations with pinpoint accuracy, so consumers can trust what they’re buying.

Are there mobile apps available for food and beverage PLM?

There sure are. In fact, Centric was the first company to develop convenient, UX-friendly mobile apps for PLM, which help enlarge the scope of product development contributors, including product testers, sales and more.

Request a demo and see how Centric PLM empowers you to get closer to consumers than ever before.